- 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 suspecting
They believed the number to be larger, suspecting that many simply refused to admit any knowledge of it.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
He said Turkey was suspecting Russia of “waging war” against Chechens abroad.Russian “Spies” Go on Trial for Turkish Hit
March 4, 2014
People were watching me, suspecting me, fearing and hating me.Living in the Land of the Free Doesn’t Make You Free
July 18, 2013
Feeling swindled, and suspecting that Crédit Lyonnais and Louis-Dreyfus had conspired against him, Tapie sued for damages.Christine Lagarde’s No DSK
August 4, 2011
Suspecting Draco, Harry casts a spell on his foil using a truly evil breed of magic found in his Potions textbook.15 Key Moments From the Harry Potter Movies
July 14, 2011
Bulan, suspecting no treachery, was all anxiety to be off at once.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
But your mother mentioned that you had been suspecting your father.Little Dorrit
Richard, my friend, she couldn't have done it if she had suspected us of suspecting her.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Didn't you say they'd been suspecting him for some time back?Alice Adams
Theodora was far from suspecting the cause of her lover's agitation.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
- (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 suspecting
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.