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- (in supposed to)
supposed (not comparable)
- Alleged; assumed.
- Muhammad is the supposed messenger of God.
- 1759, David Hume, “[Henry VIII.] Chapter XXXII.”, in The History of England, under the House of Tudor. […], volume I, London: […] A[ndrew] Millar, […], →OCLC, page 239:
- The people were averse to him, as the supposed author of the violence on the monasteries; establishments which were still revered and beloved by the commonalty.
- (with infinitive) Generally considered or expected.
- The movie is supposed to be good.
- 1848, J. S. Skinner & Son, editor, The Plough, The Loom and the Anvil, volume I, Philadelphia: J. S. Skinner & Son, page 137:
- The great use of coffee in France is supposed to have abated the prevalency of the gravel, for where coffee is used as a constant beverage, the gravel and the gout are scarcely known.
- (with infinitive) Having an obligation.
- You are not supposed to smoke in the restaurant. [Note: this means, you are obliged not to smoke.]
- The phone is supposed to come with a manual.
- a. 1627 (date written), Francis Bacon, “A.D. 1612. Ætat. 52.”, in James Spedding, editor, The Works of Francis Bacon, […]: The Letters and the Life of Francis Bacon […], volume IV, London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, published 1858, →OCLC, page 287:
- [I]t behoveth to peruse […] how much the king hath more now when the whole benefit is supposed to go to him, than he had when three parts of the benefit went to the committee.
- (with infinitive) Intended.
- The phone is supposed to save us time.
presumed to be true, but without proof