be (not) supposed to (do something)

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be (not) supposed to (do something)

To be expected to do something. Often used in the negative to indicate that one is expected to avoid doing something. I'm supposed to watch my little sister tonight, so I can't go out with you guys. You're not supposed to play with Dad's tools when he's not home!
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(not) be supˈposed to (do something)


1 (not) be expected or required to do something by rules, the law, an agreement, etc: She’s supposed to do an hour’s homework every evening.We’re not supposed to be at the party for an hour yet.
2 (used only in negative sentences) be not allowed to do something: You’re not supposed to walk on the grass.
See also: supposed
References in classic literature ?
When we meet at meals, I am not supposed to allude to the fact that he has been out in that crazy place.
That is a privilege communication between me and my client, and I am not supposed to disclose details.
Similarly, I am not supposed to say anything against countries with whom Pakistan has friendly relations under the Foreign Relations Act.
A supervisor said I am not supposed to take in bottles.
I am not supposed to do an indie project because other people are telling me, 'You are a glamorous actress now and you should be doing indie films'.
In an interview with PTI, Jacqueline says, "I am not supposed to do an indie project because other people are telling me, 'You are a glamorous actress now and you should be doing indie films'.
Since the inquiry proceedings are continuing, I am not supposed to give any version publicly.
I am not supposed to tell you anything about it until a few days before it's screened, so I can't tell you what we filmed or where or who with and of course in the fickle world of TV, they may not even use the bit that I filmed with them anyway.
Someone in the labour ministry told me that as per the UAE Labour Law, I am not supposed to sign such a letter since I am only 20.
I am not supposed to say anything about it but I play someone who is very unemotional, which is a test for me.
How can I know when I arrive in England after 15 days which agent I am not supposed to pay?
In one conversation I had with Pope Francis he expressed a wish, "I am not supposed to be the focus of the apostolic trip to the Philippines.
I, as trustee, am not supposed to administer a case unless there's going to be a meaningful distribution to creditors," he said during a bankruptcy meeting on Nov.
Q: I am a GS-12 Civil Service employee working at Main State, and I know I am not supposed to support any partisan political party or candidate while on duty or using U.
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