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adjective sus·pect \ˈsəs-ˌpekt, sə-ˈspekt\

Definition of suspect

  1. 1 :  regarded or deserving to be regarded with suspicion :  suspected investigates suspect employees

  2. 2 :  doubtful, questionable whose skills are suspect — Peter Vecsey

Examples of suspect in a Sentence

  1. The room had a suspect odor.

  2. since she was carrying no cash or credit cards, her claim to the store's detectives that she had intended to pay for the items was suspect

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Origin and Etymology of suspect

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin suspectus, from past participle of suspicere


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noun sus·pect \ˈsəs-ˌpekt\

Definition of suspect

  1. :  one that is suspected; especially :  a person suspected of a crime

Examples of suspect in a Sentence

  1. One suspect has been arrested.

  2. She is a possible suspect in connection with the kidnapping.

  3. The prime suspect for the food poisoning is the potato salad.

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First Known Use of suspect

1591


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verb sus·pect \sə-ˈspekt\

Definition of suspect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to imagine (one) to be guilty or culpable on slight evidence or without proof suspect him of giving false information

  3. 2 :  to have doubts of :  distrust suspects her motives

  4. 3 :  to imagine to exist or be true, likely, or probable I suspect he's right

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to imagine something to be true or likely

Examples of suspect in a Sentence

  1. He's suspected in four burglaries.

  2. The police do not suspect murder in this case.

  3. The fire chief suspects arson.

  4. I suspect it will rain.

  5. Call the doctor immediately if you suspect you've been infected.

  6. The latest research confirms what scientists have long suspected.

  7. I suspect she's not who she says she is.

  8. We haven't done our homework. I suspected as much.

  9. I suspected his motives in giving me the money.

  10. I have reason to suspect her sincerity when she makes promises like that.

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Origin and Etymology of suspect

Middle English, from Latin suspectare, frequentative of suspicere to look up at, regard with awe, suspect, from sub-, sus- up, secretly + specere to look at — more at sub-, spy



SUSPECT Defined for English Language Learners

suspect

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Definition of suspect for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be trusted : causing feelings of doubt or suspicion

suspect

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noun

Definition of suspect for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is believed to be possibly guilty of committing a crime

  • : a thing that is thought of as a possible cause of something bad

suspect

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Definition of suspect for English Language Learners

  • : to think that (someone) is possibly guilty of a crime or of doing something wrong

  • : to think that (something) is possibly the cause of something bad

  • : to think that (a crime) has possibly been committed


SUSPECT Defined for Kids

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verb sus·pect \sə-ˈspekt\

Definition of suspect for Students

suspected

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suspecting

  1. 1 :  to suppose to be true or likely I hid the money where no one would suspect.

  2. 2 :  to have doubts of :  distrust I suspect his reasons for helping.

  3. 3 :  to imagine to be guilty without proof “And if anyone here suspects us of murder, forget it, we both have … alibis.” — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game


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noun sus·pect \ˈsə-ˌspekt\

Definition of suspect for Students

  1. :  a person who is thought to be guilty of something


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adjective sus·pect \ˈsə-ˌspekt, sə-ˈspekt\

Definition of suspect for Students

  1. :  thought of with suspicion Her honesty is suspect.


Law Dictionary

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adjective sus·pect \ˈsəs-ˌpekt, sə-ˈspekt\

Legal Definition of suspect

  1. :  regarded or deserving to be regarded with suspicion or heightened scrutiny

Origin and Etymology of suspect

Latin suspectus, from past participle of suspicere to look up at, regard with awe, suspect, from sub- sus- up, secretly + specere to look at


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noun sus·pect \ˈsəs-ˌpekt\

Legal Definition of suspect

  1. :  a person suspected of a crime; also :  a person apprehended for but not yet charged with an offense


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transitive verb sus·pect \sə-ˈspekt\

Legal Definition of suspect

  1. 1 :  to imagine (one) to be guilty on slight evidence or without proof

  2. 2 :  to imagine to exist or be probable they had reasonable cause to suspect abuse



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