\ ˈsəs How to pronounce suss (audio) \
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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The officers said the asylum system was already designed to absorb an influx of migrants, to suss out legitimate and illegitimate asylum claims, and that Trump’s policy was unnecessary. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Ken Cuccinelli, head of citizenship service, blames migrant father for drowning deaths captured in photo," 28 June 2019 Entire contests are devoted to sussing out these water qualities. National Geographic, "," 12 Mar. 2019 My read on this is that Boston sussed out that the Sixers were the mystery team who had tried to shut Thybulle down, dating back to before the draft combine. Kaelen Jones,, "2019 NBA Draft Grades: No. 20 Pick Matisse Thybulle Reportedly Headed to Sixers," 20 June 2019 Though she was shown multiple sketches by Maxwell, after countless collaborations including trips to the Oscars and Superbowl, the pair didn’t need much time to suss out the details. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "See How Lady Gaga Pulled Off the Greatest Met Gala Entrance of All Time," 10 May 2019 Brides have no shortage of options to consider before turning to resale: There are nationwide chains, boutique salons, and vintage stores, as well as a growing number of direct-to-consumer labels to suss through. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "More Brides Are Buying Used Wedding Dresses Than Ever Before," 1 May 2019 Intermountain Healthcare and partner Decode Genetics have launched a massive new DNA study of 500,000 patients in an effort to suss out connections between genomics and various diseases, the companies announced. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The NIH Chief Wants to End the 'Manel'—Brainstorm Health," 12 June 2019 San Francisco State University's Beyond the Purchase website hosts quizzes to suss out your relationship to happiness and money. Sandy Fernández, Redbook, "Show Your Money Some Love," 31 May 2017 For London Fashion Week’s Fall 2019 season, kicking off on February 15, Kennedy has sussed out three on-the-rise labels to redefine the look of womenswear going forward. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Meet the Young Womenswear Designers Changing the Game in London," 6 Feb. 2019

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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

British, informal
: to find or discover (something) by thinking
: to inspect or investigate (something) in order to gain more knowledge

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