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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
sus•pect /v. səˈspɛkt; n. ˈsʌspɛkt;
adj. ˈsʌspɛkt, səˈspɛkt/USA pronunciation
  1. to believe (something) to be the case;
    surmise: [+ (that) clause]I suspected (that) he might have left already, and I was right.[+ object]I only suspected it; I wasn't positive.
  2. to believe to be guilty, with little or no proof:[+ object (+ of + object)]to suspect a person of murder.
  3. to doubt or mistrust:[+ object]I suspect his motives.

n. [countable]
  1. one who is suspected, esp. of a crime.

  1. open to or under suspicion;
    not certain:He offered some suspect arguments and I knew they were wrong, but I couldn't quite pin down why.
See -spec-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
sus•pect  (v. sə spekt;n. suspekt;
adj. suspekt, sə spekt),USA pronunciation
  1. to believe to be guilty, false, counterfeit, undesirable, defective, bad, etc., with little or no proof:to suspect a person of murder.
  2. to doubt or mistrust:I suspect his motives.
  3. to believe to be the case or to be likely or probable;
    surmise:I suspect his knowledge did not amount to much.
  4. to have some hint or foreknowledge of:I think she suspected the surprise.

  1. to believe something, esp. something evil or wrong, to be the case;
    have suspicion.

  1. a person who is suspected, esp. one suspected of a crime, offense, or the like.

  1. suspected;
    open to or under suspicion.
sus•pecti•ble, adj. 
  • Latin suspectāre, equivalent. to su- su- + spectāre, frequentative of specere to look at
  • Middle English (adjective, adjectival) 1250–1300
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged guess, conjecture, suppose.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

suspect vb /səˈspɛkt/
  1. (transitive) to believe guilty of a specified offence without proof
  2. (transitive) to think false, questionable, etc: she suspected his sincerity
  3. (tr; may take a clause as object) to surmise to be the case; think probable: to suspect fraud
  4. (intransitive) to have suspicion
n /ˈsʌspɛkt/
  1. a person who is under suspicion
adj /ˈsʌspɛkt/
  1. causing or open to suspicion
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin suspicere to mistrust, from sub- + specere to look


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