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!
See also: supposed

(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.
"Sometimes it's easy to get impostor syndrome and think, 'Oh my God I am not supposed to be here, everybody can see that, blah blah blah.' But it's important to have those moments when you stress, because it then makes the highs feel so much higher."
"Sometimes, it's easy to get impostor syndrome and think, 'Oh, my God, I am not supposed to be here, everybody can see that, blah blah blah.' But it's important to have those moments when you stress, because it then makes the highs feel so much higher."
"If I follow cultural norms, I am not supposed to practice family planning," she told UNFPA.
He wrote: "The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer."
"By law, I am not supposed to explain my overseas job or business to anyone in India, till the time I'm using legitimate channels and account for every penny I send to India.
It would not be ethical for me to join issues with that position now because as a legal practitioner, I am not supposed to be discussing matters that are in court.
I did some unforced errors in the moments where I am not supposed to make errors.
"My Lord as my faith I am not supposed to shave my hair.
'I am not supposed to contest elections but to protect the Constitution,' the chief justice said.
I am not supposed to be where I am today, a little gay kid from Indiana.
The former All-Ireland winning Dublin football boss said: "I read my Official Guide before I came in here and I would rather not comment on that, as I am not supposed to. I will leave that to others.
I know that I am not supposed to use thumb drives in my Navy-issued laptops, and I hardly ever do.
The children have been taking him for walks around the farm and through the house ...although I am not supposed to know that!
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'.
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