Definitions for suspectsəˈspɛkt; ˈsʌs pɛkt; ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sus•pectsəˈspɛkt; ˈsʌs pɛkt; ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt(v.; n.; adj.; v.t.)

  1. to believe to be guilty, with little or no proof:

    to suspect a person of murder.

  2. to doubt or mistrust:

    I suspect his motives.

  3. to believe to be the case or to be likely or probable; surmise.

  4. (v.i.)to believe something, esp. something evil or wrong, to be the case; have suspicion.

  5. (n.)a person who is suspected, esp. one suspected of a crime or offense.

  6. a person known to have committed an unlawful act.

    Category: Law

  7. (adj.)suspected; open to or under suspicion.

Origin of suspect:

1250–1300; < L suspectus, ptp. of suspicere to look up at = su- su - +specere to look at

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspect(noun)

    someone who is under suspicion

  2. defendant, suspect(adj)

    a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused

  3. fishy, funny, shady, suspect, suspicious(verb)

    not as expected

    "there was something fishy about the accident"; "up to some funny business"; "some definitely queer goings-on"; "a shady deal"; "her motives were suspect"; "suspicious behavior"

  4. suspect, surmise(verb)

    imagine to be the case or true or probable

    "I suspect he is a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it"

  5. distrust, mistrust, suspect(verb)

    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in

  6. suspect(verb)

    hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty

    "The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. suspect(verb)əˈspɛkt; n. ˈsʌs pɛkt; adj. ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt

    to think that sb is the person who committed a crime

    Police suspected her of killing her husband.

  2. suspectəˈspɛkt; n. ˈsʌs pɛkt; adj. ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt

    to think that sth is likely

    I suspect that he was too embarrassed to mention it.

  3. suspectəˈspɛkt; n. ˈsʌs pɛkt; adj. ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt

    to think that sth might be bad

    She suspected his intentions.

  4. suspect(noun)əˈspɛkt; n. ˈsʌs pɛkt; adj. ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt

    sb who is thought to have committed a crime

    the main suspect in the murder case

  5. suspect(adjective)əˈspɛkt; n. ˈsʌs pɛkt; adj. ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt

    possibly dangerous

    a suspect package

  6. suspectəˈspɛkt; n. ˈsʌs pɛkt; adj. ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛkt

    possibly dishonest or bad

    His reasons for helping seemed suspect.

Wiktionary

  1. suspect(Noun)

    A person who is suspected of something, in particular of committing a crime.

    Round up the usual suspects. uE000146841uE001 Casablanca

  2. suspect(Verb)

    To imagine or suppose (something) to be true without evidence.

    I suspect his theory.

  3. suspect(Verb)

    To distrust or have doubts about (something or someone).

    I suspect him of lying.

  4. suspect(Verb)

    To believe (someone) to be guilty.

    If you asked me who the thief is, I would suspect him.

  5. suspect(Verb)

    To have suspicion.

  6. suspect(Adjective)

    To be viewed with suspicion.

    The figures in these accounts look suspect uE000146842uE001 I think someone has been cooking the books.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspect(adj)

    suspicious; inspiring distrust

  2. Suspect(adj)

    suspected; distrusted

  3. Suspect(adj)

    suspicion

  4. Suspect(adj)

    one who, or that which, is suspected; an object of suspicion; -- formerly applied to persons and things; now, only to persons suspected of crime

  5. Suspect(verb)

    to imagine to exist; to have a slight or vague opinion of the existence of, without proof, and often upon weak evidence or no evidence; to mistrust; to surmise; -- commonly used regarding something unfavorable, hurtful, or wrong; as, to suspect the presence of disease

  6. Suspect(verb)

    to imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation

  7. Suspect(verb)

    to hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story

  8. Suspect(verb)

    to look up to; to respect

  9. Suspect(verb)

    to imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be suspicious

Freebase

  1. Suspect

    In the law enforcement jargon, a suspect is a known person suspected of committing a crime. Police and reporters in the United States often incorrectly use the word suspect when referring to the perpetrator of the offense. The perpetrator is the robber, assailant, counterfeiter, etc. --the person who actually committed the crime. The distinction between suspect and perpetrator recognizes that the suspect is not known to have committed the offense, while the perpetrator—who may not yet have been suspected of the crime, and is thus not necessarily a suspect—is the one who actually did. The suspect may be a different person from the perpetrator, or there may have been no actual crime, which would mean there is no perpetrator. A common error in police reports is a witness description of the suspect. Frequently it is stated that police are looking for the suspect, when there is no suspect; the police could be looking for a suspect, but they are surely looking for the perpetrator, and very often it is impossible to tell from such a police report whether there is a suspect or not. Possibly because of the misuse of suspect to mean perpetrator, police in the early 21st century began to use person of interest, possible suspect, and even possible person of interest, to mean suspect.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. suspect

    1. In counterdrug operations, a track of interest where correlating information actually ties the track of interest to alleged illegal drug operations. See also counterdrug operations; track of interest. 2. An identity applied to a track that is potentially hostile because of its characteristics, behavior, origin, or nationality. See also assumed friend; hostile; neutral; unknown.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4839

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2302

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspect' in Nouns Frequency: #2663

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspect' in Verbs Frequency: #471


Translations for suspect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

suspect(verb)

to think (a person etc) guilty

Whom do you suspect (of the crime)?; I suspect him of killing the girl.

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