supposed to do

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

supposed to do something

expected or intended to do something; obliged or allowed to do something. You're supposed to say "excuse me" when you burp. Mom says you're supposed to come inside for dinner now.
See also: supposed
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But I wasn't supposed to do anything, so I let it go.
They had been out there doing what disciples are supposed to do: preaching, curing the sick, casting out demons.
What would you rather do: pay your violations, or make your employee do what he's supposed to do? What I don't understand is why you would pay all these employees their wages when they're touching the chicken with their bare hands, or holding it at the wrong temperature?
But, in fact, advertising doesn't always do what it is supposed to do, and, equally important, there is rarely a measurable correlation between the money spent and the results it generates.
I view that as explaining to them what the real issues are and helping them understand auditing, how it works and what it's supposed to do. It's a very important role because it can keep the board from being captured by the accounting industry.
What am I supposed to do? Sometimes having an affair is the only way to save someone's life."
Every time I've had a child I have dropped out for a year and a half, and you are not supposed to do that.
Or does it mean they are so lazy they did not check out what they are supposed to do? Or are they just incompetent?
"But that's the thing - all the Auteurs records have sold `alright' so I suppose they're doing what pop albums are supposed to do."
But what are you supposed to do when all culture is revivalist?
Managers are not supposed to do everything themselves.
(Our biggest contribution toward Philippine prosperity is probably to absorb immigrants.) If Corazon Aquino, an enormously popular president and a perfectly pedigreed member of the upper class, can't convince her fellow rich hacienda-owners to share their land, how is some American supposed to do the job?