[verb suh-spekt; noun suhs-pekt; adjective suhs-pekt, suh-spekt] /verb səˈspɛkt; noun ˈsʌs pɛkt; adjective ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt/

verb (used with object)
to believe to be guilty, false, counterfeit, undesirable, defective, bad, etc., with little or no proof:
to suspect a person of murder.
to doubt or mistrust:
I suspect his motives.
to believe to be the case or to be likely or probable; surmise:
I suspect his knowledge did not amount to much.
to have some hint or foreknowledge of:
I think she suspected the surprise.
verb (used without object)
to believe something, especially something evil or wrong, to be the case; have .
a person who is suspected, especially one suspected of a crime, offense, or the like.
suspected; open to or under .
verb (səˈspɛkt)
(transitive) to believe guilty of a specified offence without proof
(transitive) to think false, questionable, etc: she suspected his sincerity
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to surmise to be the case; think probable: to suspect fraud
(intransitive) to have suspicion
noun (ˈsʌspɛkt)
a person who is under suspicion
adjective (ˈsʌspɛkt)
causing or open to suspicion

mid-14c., from Old French suspect “suspicious,” from Latin suspectus “suspected, suspicious,” past participle of suspicere “look up at, mistrust, suspect,” from sub “up to” + specere “to look at” (see scope (n.1)). The notion is of “look at secretly,” hence, “look at distrustfully.” The verb is attested from late 15c.; the noun meaning “a suspected person” is first recorded 1590s. Related: Suspected; suspecting.


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