[ verb suh-spekt; noun suhs-pekt; adjective suhs-pekt, suh-spekt ]
/ verb səˈspɛkt; noun ˈsʌs pɛkt; adjective ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
Words nearby suspect
Origin of suspect
1250–1300; Middle English (adj.) < Latin suspectāre, equivalent to su- su- + spectāre, frequentative of specere to look at
OTHER WORDS FROM suspect
sus·pect·i·ble, adjectivenon·sus·pect, noun, adjectivepre·sus·pect, verb (used with object)un·sus·pect·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-suspect
(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
Derived forms of suspectsuspecter, nounsuspectless, adjective
Word Origin for suspect
C14: from Latin suspicere to mistrust, from sub- + specere to look
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