suss

verb
\ 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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Obscure music is a win (suss out their interests); obscure forms of yoga, maybe, too. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 The biggest problem for US and Afghan government officials now will be to suss out what the Taliban’s true intentions actually are. Alex Ward, Vox, "After 17 years of war, Afghan government and Taliban may meet for peace talks," 18 Dec. 2018 But sussing out the big news in bridal, which wrapped just last week, requires quite a different perspective. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 7 Bridal Trends, from Major Sleeves to Gowns à la Meghan Markle," 19 Oct. 2018 Companies hiring talent abroad run the risk of violating digital privacy laws, such as the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which employers are still trying to suss out, said Laurie Ruettimann, a human-resources consultant. Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ, "Past Social-Media Posts Upend Hiring," 5 Aug. 2018 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

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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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suss

verb

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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