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suspected; suspecting; suspects
: to imagine (one) to be guilty or culpable on slight evidence or without proof
suspect him of giving false information
: to imagine to exist or be true, likely, or probable
I suspect he's right
: to imagine something to be true or likely
Adjective The room had a suspect odor. 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 Noun One suspect has been arrested. She is a possible suspect in connection with the kidnapping. The prime suspect for the food poisoning is the potato salad. Verb He's suspected in four burglaries. The police do not suspect murder in this case. The fire chief suspects arson. I suspect it will rain. Call the doctor immediately if you suspect you've been infected. The latest research confirms what scientists have long suspected. I suspect she's not who she says she is. “We haven't done our homework.” “I suspected as much.” I suspected his motives in giving me the money. I have reason to suspect her sincerity when she makes promises like that. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
NounPolice have released photos of a homicide suspect’s car that was involved in the first of three separate Atlanta shootings Sunday that left two men dead and a 15-year-old boy injured. —Rosana Hughes, ajc, 28 Feb. 2023 The results can be life-changing: a victim’s inability to make clear what has happened to them, a suspect’s difficulty in explaining their side of the story. —Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, 23 Feb. 2023 The results can be life-changing: a victim’s inability to make clear what has happened to them, a suspect’s difficulty in explaining their side of the story. —Melissa Sanchez And Maryam Jameel, Journal Sentinel, 23 Feb. 2023 The bodycam video shows an officer driving up to Moses, arresting him with help from another officer and getting what looks like a gun out of the suspect's pocket. —CBS News, 23 Feb. 2023 Police released images on Tuesday of the suspect's car, described as a tan or white Mini Cooper. —Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 22 Feb. 2023 Police said the suspect’s mom did not know what was going on in her basement. —Bradford Betz, Fox News, 21 Feb. 2023 Police found Gruchala matched the suspect's description after reviewing a recent list of people who in the past six months had their homes foreclosed by the business and had made veiled threats, Bolin said. —Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2023 Update: Revised at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to show the correct spelling of the suspect's name. —Dallas News, 20 Feb. 2023
VerbAccording to the post, investigators do not suspect foul play at this time. —Kyani Reid, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2023 In recent years, scientists have identified yet another threat to the species’ survival — a deficiency of thiamine is harming Chinook populations, and researchers suspect salmon may be feeding too heavily on numerous anchovies in the Pacific Ocean. —Ian Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2023 In a Fight Club turn of events, You fans suspect Joe Goldberg found his very own Tyler Durden. —Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 26 Feb. 2023 Biden said officials suspect the three subsequent balloons were ordinary ones. —Ellen Knickmeyer, Chron, 18 Feb. 2023 Biden said officials suspect the three subsequent balloons were ordinary ones. —Ellen Knickmeyer, al, 18 Feb. 2023 Biden said officials suspect the three subsequent balloons were ordinary ones. —Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Feb. 2023 Investigators do not suspect that drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, the site also said. —Deirdre Reilly, Fox News, 15 Dec. 2022 Polhamus said Friday that some opponents suspect the town wants to create a highway through that part of town. —Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 12 Dec. 2022 See More
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