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
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A heavy security cordon was present around the players in the wake of the recent spot-fixing scandal and the players are not supposed to interact with the media except during press conferences.
I know where she lives even though I am not supposed to because you are not supposed to go to your support worker's house.
Another problem: The peacekeepers are not supposed to fight.
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