- to believe to be guilty, false, counterfeit, undesirable, defective, bad, etc., with little or no proof: to suspect a person of murder.
- to doubt or mistrust: I suspect his motives.
- to believe to be the case or to be likely or probable; surmise: I suspect his knowledge did not amount to much.
- to have some hint or foreknowledge of: I think she suspected the surprise.
- to believe something, especially something evil or wrong, to be the case; have suspicion.
- a person who is suspected, especially one suspected of a crime, offense, or the like.
- suspected; open to or under suspicion.
Origin of suspect
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Examples from the Web for suspect
A fourth suspect, a 26-year-old woman named Hayat Boumeddiene, remains at large.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
The third suspect, an 18-year-old named Hamyd Mourad, who turned himself in, is part of the same extended family.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
The big slug happened to hit the suspect in the street, passing through his arm and then striking Police Officer Andrew Dossi.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
I suspect [Teresa] will get money sent in to her, so she can shop at the commissary.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
In such beer polls, I suspect a lot of voters would pick Huckabee.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
I suspect that she was the means of influencing so large a purchase.
"I suspect that I have been deceived," said Mr. Morgan, gravely.
I suspect man has more to do with the unmaking than the making of either.Weighed and Wanting
He began to suspect that he was being cheated into listening to a Bible story.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Like Hamlet, too, this Richard is quick to suspect even his friends' loyalty.The Man Shakespeare
- (tr) to believe guilty of a specified offence without proof
- (tr) to think false, questionable, etcshe suspected his sincerity
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to surmise to be the case; think probableto suspect fraud
- (intr) to have suspicion
- a person who is under suspicion
- causing or open to suspicion
Word Origin and History for suspect
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.