adjective Date: 1566 1. a. pretended <
twelve hours are supposed to elapse between Acts I and II — A. S. Sullivan
b. alleged <
trusted my supposed friends
2. a. held as an opinion ; believed; also mistakenly believed ; imagined <
the sight which makes supposed terror true — Shakespeare
b. considered probable or certain ; expected <
it was not supposed that everybody could master the technical aspects — J. C. Murray
c. understood <
you will be supposed to refer to my grandaunt — G. B. Shaw
3. made or fashioned by intent or design <
what's that button supposed to do
4. a. required by or as if by authority <
soldiers are supposed to obey their commanding officers
b. given permission ; permitted <
was not supposed to have visitors
supposedly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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