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suspect

[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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  • Scientists suspected that the common thresher shark used its long tail to capture food-and now they have video to prove it.
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  • The authorities often raid places suspected of harbouring extremists.
  • Other navies have arrested dozens of suspected pirates and sent them for trial in nearby countries.
  • They first confirmed what short people have always suspected: that it pays to be tall.
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  • For suspected miscreants, and people chasing them, face-recognition technology is old hat.
  • Provincial officials have long been suspected of overstating growth.
  • He suspected, long before others proved it, that light was composed of both waves and particles.
  • They had suspected that part of the frothiness in the markets was the result of too much illicit lending.
British Dictionary definitions for suspected

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 suspected

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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