supposed to

supposed to

 and someone or something is supposed to
Someone or something is meant to do something. (Frequently, in speech, supposed is reduced to s'posed. The words someone or something can be replaced with nouns or pronouns, or used themselves.) Mary: They didn't deliver the flowers we ordered. Sue: Supposed to. Give them a call. Sally: This screw doesn't fit into hole number seven in the way the instructions say it should. Bill: It's supposed to. Something's wrong.
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supposed to

1. Intended to; also, believed to, expected to. For example, This pill is supposed to relieve your pain, or You're supposed to be my partner. [Early 1300s]
2. Required to, as in He is supposed to call home. [Mid-1800s]
3. not supposed to. Not permitted to, as in You're not supposed to smoke in here.
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Bulgaria canceled a meeting of a bilateral committee with Russia, which was supposed to take place on Sunday and Monday, reports Capital Daily.
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The attaches are supposed to solve any potential problem that Iranian labors may face in abroad, he mentioned.
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The procedure is supposed to be similar to a civil court process, with a Prosecutor, Defendant, Witness, Judicial vicars, Judges, and Appeals, if necessary all the way to Rome.
It's not supposed to be a trade, it's supposed to be we save lives and we all come home and feel good about it.
We get convictions that aren't supposed to be convictions, and acquittals that aren't supposed to be acquittals," says Justice Andrew Nyirenda, chief of Malawi's High Court.
Was it not supposed to be the primary guardian of the smooth functioning of the international exchange rate system?
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