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English definition of “supposed”

supposed

adjective uk   /səˈpəʊzd/ us    /-ˈpoʊzd/

supposed adjective (DUTY)

be supposed to B2 to have to; to have a duty or a responsibility to: The children are supposed to be at school by 8.45 a.m. What are you doing out of bed - you're supposed to be asleep. You're not supposed (= allowed) to park here.

supposed adjective (INTENDED)

be supposed to B1 to be intended to: These batteries are supposed to last for a year. We were supposed to have gone away this week, but Debbie's ill so we couldn't go. How am I supposed to (= how can I) find that much money by the end of the week?

supposed adjective (OTHERS' OPINION)

[before noun] used to show that you do not believe that something or someone really is what many other people consider them to be: a supposed genius The costs of the programme outweigh its supposed benefits.
(Definition of supposed from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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