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 when 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 ?
For some strange reason, I am supposed to have robbed or harmed the one man in the world whose message might bring to nought that Conference.
You see," he went on, "there will be no danger of detection since I am supposed to be leaving on an afternoon train for school.
You probably are not aware that I am here on a public kind of business, preposterous enough in itself, but which I have gone in for, and sworn by, and am supposed to be devoted to in quite a desperate manner?
Whenever I make an inconvenient remark it is always set aside as an expression of certain dangerous crazes with which I am supposed to be afflicted.
I am supposed to amuse myself, and, to tell the truth, I have amused myself.
And may I ask," inquired Crane, with a certain flicker of mockery passing over his pallid features, "what I am supposed to have done with either of them?
I am supposed to be on the road conveying passengers to their various destinations, but here I am waiting on a queue since dawn.
As I am supposed to play the Major who led the surgical strike operational in Uri, I have to be extremely fit for the part physically and also look a certain way in terms of my physique.
In Uri as I am supposed to play the major who led the surgical strike operational, I have to be extremely fit for the part physically and also look a certain way in terms of my physique.
I just learned that I am supposed to have an aunt in Guimaras.
For those twittering on about respect, like Dr Lewis, I find it hard to find what l am supposed to respect.
I am certain of one tiling, the universe knows exactly where I am supposed to be.
I am supposed to have been going somewhere every single transfer window - but I can say I am happy because I am staying at Liverpool and they were always my first choice.
I am supposed to follow the orders of my seniors which I was doing on that day as well.
I will wake up and it is suddenly clear to me: "Oh, this is something I am supposed to be doing or writing.