supposed to

Idioms & Phrases

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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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