Definition of suspect in English:

suspect

Syllabification: sus·pect

verb

Pronunciation: /səˈspekt
 
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[with object]
  • 1Have an idea or impression of the existence, presence, or truth of (something) without certain proof: if you suspect a gas leak, do not turn on an electric light [with clause]: she suspected that he might be bluffing (as adjective suspected) a suspected heart condition
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    • It's not a bad idea but I suspect it'll take a crisis such as a property crash to make people change their habits.
    • Therefore, precautions should always be taken if the presence of asbestos is suspected.
    • Cases of this type include suspected heart attacks, broken limbs and appendicitis.
    Synonyms
    have a suspicion, have a feeling, feel, (be inclined to) think, fancy, reckon, guess, surmise, conjecture, conclude, have a hunch; suppose, presume, deduce, infer, sense, imagine; fear
  • 1.1Believe or feel that (someone) is guilty of an illegal, dishonest, or unpleasant act, without certain proof: parents suspected of child abuse
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    • Tom is suspected of dealing in stolen goods but the police have found it difficult to get evidence against him.
    • The court held that the person ought to be told that he or she was suspected of being over age, and be given a chance to explain his or her position.
    • I was suspected of being the leader of these people, and I needed a way to throw them off of my trail.
  • 2Doubt the genuineness or truth of: a broker whose honesty he had no reason to suspect
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    • There wasn't any particular reason to suspect anything, I thought.
    Synonyms
    doubt, distrust, mistrust, have misgivings about, be skeptical about, have qualms about, be suspicious of, be wary of, harbor reservations about

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈsəsˌpekt
 
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  • A person thought to be guilty of a crime or offense: the police have arrested a suspect
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    • It would not be permissible for the police to take the victim of a crime to a suspect who was under arrest to see if he could identify him.
    • Fewer than 5 percent of all calls dispatched to police are made soon enough for officers to stop a crime or arrest a suspect.
    • He is the prime suspect in a crime he didn't commit, though most believe he did.
    Synonyms
    suspected person, accused, defendant

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈsəsˌpekt
 
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  • Not to be relied on or trusted; possibly dangerous or false: a suspect package was found on the platform
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    • Air France later said the suspect package was a false alarm.
    • These include keeping an eye out for suspect bags, packages or vehicles, or people acting suspiciously in airports or stations.
    • Since the events of September 11, and with the ambiguous source of anthrax attacks, there have been concerns of suspect packages.
    Synonyms
    suspicious, dubious, doubtful, untrustworthy; odd, queer
    informal fishy, funny, shady

Origin

Middle English (originally as an adjective): from Latin suspectus 'mistrusted', past participle of suspicere, from sub- 'from below' + specere 'to look'.

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