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“supposed” in British English

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supposedadjective

uk /səˈpəʊzd/ us /səˈpoʊzd/

supposed adjective (DUTY)

be supposed to

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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

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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.

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(Definition of “supposed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“supposed” in American English

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supposedadjective [ not gradable ]

us /səˈpoʊ·zɪd, -ˈpoʊzd/

believed by many people to be true, but not proven and often doubted by the person who is speaking or writing:

Nighttime experiments demonstrated that supposed eyewitnesses could not have seen anyone clearly enough to identify them at the distances described.
The cost of the plan far outweighs its supposed benefits.

supposedadjective

us /səˈpoʊzd/

supposed adjective (RESPONSIBLE)

[ not gradable ] responsible:

The children aresupposed to be at school by 8:45 a.m.

supposed adjective (INTENDED)

intended:

These batteries are supposed to last for a year.
not supposed to

If you are not supposed to do something you are not allowed to do it:

You're not supposed to park here.

supposed adjective (CONSIDERED)

[ not gradable ] considered by many people:

Her new book is supposed to be excellent.

(Definition of “supposed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)