supposedly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “supposedly” in the English Dictionary

"supposedly" in British English

See all translations


uk   /səˈpəʊ.zɪ  us   /-ˈpoʊ-/
C1 used to show that you do not ​believe that something you have been told is ​true: Well, the ​tickets are supposedly in the ​mail.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of supposedly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"supposedly" in American English

See all translations

supposedlyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /səˈpoʊ·zɪd·li/
according to what someone told you, or ​according to what is ​believed by many ​people to be ​true: The ​tickets are supposedly in the ​mail. I’ve been down to the ​south of England where supposedly King Arthur’s ​castle was.
(Definition of supposedly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “supposedly”
in Chinese (Simplified) 想象上, 大概, 恐怕…
in Chinese (Traditional) 想像上, 大概, 恐怕…
What is the pronunciation of supposedly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More