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[v. suh-spekt; n. suhs-pekt; adj. suhs-pekt, suh-spekt] /v. səˈspɛkt; n. ˈsʌs pɛkt; adj. ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
5.
to believe something, especially something evil or wrong, to be the case; have suspicion.
noun
6.
a person who is suspected, especially one suspected of a crime, offense, or the like.
adjective
7.
suspected; open to or under suspicion.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (adj.) < Latin suspectāre, equivalent to su- su- + spectāre, frequentative of specere to look at
Related forms
suspectible, adjective
nonsuspect, noun, adjective
presuspect, verb (used with object)
unsuspecting, adjective
unsuspectingly, adverb
Synonyms
3. guess, conjecture, suppose.
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Examples from the web for suspect
  • Bring re-sealable plastic bags to any occasion where you suspect food will be served.
  • Every bank is suspect and any bank seeking to raise money by selling a position is more suspect than ever.
  • The cause of half the deaths is still unknown, but officials suspect red tide might have played a role.
  • Such advances could allow law enforcement to sketch a description from clues in a suspect s genes.
  • Scientists suspect the behavior may benefit the birds by attracting insects or signaling to other owls that the nest is occupied.
  • Astronomers suspect the system was once made up of two stars that formed billions of years ago.
  • Once a leak occurs, he will narrow down the number of triplets that remain suspect.
  • They suspect that a fishing vessel picked it up accidentally.
  • In several others, however, the science played a crucial role in narrowing the suspect field and ultimately led to an arrest.
  • Police deem this out-dated, as a suspect can switch rapidly from one cellphone to another.
British Dictionary definitions for suspect

suspect

verb (səˈspɛkt)
1.
(transitive) to believe guilty of a specified offence without proof
2.
(transitive) to think false, questionable, etc: she suspected his sincerity
3.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to surmise to be the case; think probable: to suspect fraud
4.
(intransitive) to have suspicion
noun (ˈsʌspɛkt)
5.
a person who is under suspicion
adjective (ˈsʌspɛkt)
6.
causing or open to suspicion
Derived Forms
suspecter, noun
suspectless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin suspicere to mistrust, from sub- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for suspect
adj.

mid-14c., from Old French suspect "suspicious," from Latin suspectus "suspected, suspicious," past participle of suspicere "look up at, mistrust, suspect," from sub "up to" + specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)). The notion is of "look at secretly," hence, "look at distrustfully." The verb is attested from late 15c.; the noun meaning "a suspected person" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Suspected; suspecting.

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