\ˈsəs \
sussed; sussing; susses

Definition of suss 

transitive verb

1 chiefly British : figure out usually used with out

2 chiefly British : to inspect or investigate so as to gain more knowledge usually used with out

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If not, go into your doctor’s appointment prepared with questions that can help you suss it out. SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018 Don’t forget to look both ways when sussing out your exit strategy. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "10 Tips on How to Survive a Plane Crash (Although They're Really Rare)," 13 Oct. 2018 The confidential source was deployed to suss out what the Russians had told Page and Papadopoulos so as to gain insight into Russian meddling efforts. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump is alleging a massive government conspiracy, with zero evidence," 25 May 2018 Throughout the hearing, lawmakers continued to suss out how much blame to lay at Azar's feet. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'We will hold you accountable.' Democrats grill Azar on family separations," 27 June 2018 And one the of biggest quandaries for providers who may get a third or more of their income from Medicare or other federal sources: sussing out the legal risk of prescribing a drug still outlawed by the federal government. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Many doctors are wary of medical marijuana. And Jeff Sessions hasn’t helped.," 2 Feb. 2018 Mr Putin will also try to suss out Mr Trump’s true views on Ukraine, says Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Centre, another think-tank. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 Brown + Hudson, the company behind Journey with No Destination, went so far as to consult with a psychologist when formulating the best approach to sussing out where to send their clients. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The ‘Mystery Vacation’ Trend: What Will Your Destination Be?," 8 Mar. 2018 If your body’s pulling that kind of unwelcome magic trick, your doctor should be able to suss out the problem and figure out how to treat it. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Cause Irritated, Scratchy Eyes," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of suss

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suss

by shortening & alteration from suspect

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English Language Learners Definition of suss

: to find or discover (something) by thinking

: to inspect or investigate (something) in order to gain more knowledge

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