supposed to

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supposed to

1. Intended, expected, or believed to do something. This new software is supposed to make things a lot more efficient, but I find it so confusing that everything is taking me twice as long! We're supposed to arrive around 3 PM, assuming our flights aren't delayed.
2. Required or obligated to do something. I was supposed to be home an hour ago—my parents are going to kill me! Please don't distract him, he's supposed to be cleaning his room.
3. Allowed or permitted to do something. (Chiefly used in questions and negative constructions.) You're not supposed to go in there! Are you sure you're supposed to be in here?
See also: supposed

(It's) not supposed to.

 and (Someone's) not supposed to.
a phrase indicating that someone or something is not meant to do something. (Often with a person's name or a pronoun as a subject. See the examples.) Fred: This little piece keeps falling off. Clerk: It's not supposed to. Bill: Tom just called from Detroit and says he's coming back tomorrow. Mary: That's funny. He's not supposed to.
See also: not, supposed

supposed to

 and someone or something is supposed to
Someone or something is meant to do something. (Frequently, in speech, supposed is reduced to s'posed. The words someone or something can be replaced with nouns or pronouns, or used themselves.) Mary: They didn't deliver the flowers we ordered. Sue: Supposed to. Give them a call. Sally: This screw doesn't fit into hole number seven in the way the instructions say it should. Bill: It's supposed to. Something's wrong.
See also: supposed

supposed to

1. Intended to; also, believed to, expected to. For example, This pill is supposed to relieve your pain, or You're supposed to be my partner. [Early 1300s]
2. Required to, as in He is supposed to call home. [Mid-1800s]
3. not supposed to. Not permitted to, as in You're not supposed to smoke in here.
See also: supposed
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As to your concerns with me not being thankful to the government, I would like to say I am very thankful to them as I know the government is working very hard to help me and want to do right by the people and make them happy and in the end will take the right decision and turn the land back into the garden it is supposed to be.
After hearing details of the incident, Sheriff Fletcher shook his head and said: "I wonder what it is he is supposed to have done wrong?
At Perth Sheriff Court yesterday, Sheriff Fletcher shook his head and said: "I wonder what it is he is supposed to have done wrong.
I am supposed to be older than Anakin and he is supposed to be someone that I can fall in love with and also seem younger than me.
My trip to California -- organized by Bunnie Riedel, AU's chapters and faith groups director -- was filled with a dose of just about everything an executive director is supposed to do: fundraising, speeches, media interviews, visits with board members for administrative discussions, advising legislators and meeting lots of Americans United members.