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 ?
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 share my talent and entertain, I am supposed to give an enjoyable and memorable experience to the audience and I feel that I am not able to fulfill those duties and responsibilities as a performer when I am with GT.'
"I have done what I am supposed to do and Simple Boy is now the Nacada ambassador in Kibera, and I have even dressed him," Chipukeezy said.
Upon probing for further information, the pilot refuses to speak saying, "I am sorry sir, that's all I am supposed to tell you."
I am wondering why they decided to enforce the new changes at the time when I am supposed to retire," said Mr Mulinya.
'I am supposed to present myself at the Selangor police contingent headquarters, but because I have to attend a meeting, the police will come to my office,' he told reporters today.
"I don't think I have ever played better over a two-week period on tour, but it doesn't come as a total surprise because I am supposed to be one of the top players in the world."
Although I am supposed to be holding one of the oldest accounts in this bank I did not see any difference they showed between me and their other new account holders.
"People know I am supposed to score goals," Lukaku said.