What does suspect mean?

Definitions for suspect
səˈspɛkt; ˈsʌs pɛkt; ˈsʌs pɛkt, səˈspɛktsus·pect

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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"


  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

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  2. Suspect(adj)

    suspected; distrusted

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  3. Suspect(adj)


    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  6. Suspect(verb)

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

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  7. Suspect(verb)

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

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  8. Suspect(verb)

    to look up to; to respect

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]

  9. Suspect(verb)

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

    Etymology: [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suspect

    sus-pekt′, v.t. to mistrust: to imagine to be guilty: to doubt: to have a slight opinion that something exists, but without sufficient evidence, to conjecture.—v.i. to imagine guilt, to be suspicious.—n. a person suspected.—adv. Suspec′tedly.—n. Suspec′tedness.—adj. Suspect′less, not suspected. [L. suspicĕre, suspectum, to look at secretly—sub, up, specĕre, to look at.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspect in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of suspect in a Sentence

  1. Gary Li:

    I suspect these reclamations would only ever have localized tactical uses in military terms.

  2. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    When we find opportunities to do things that will effectively prosecute the campaign, we're going to do that, raids is one of those categories and I suspect that we'll have further opportunities in the future and we're going to avail ourselves.

  3. Mike Duggan:

    And, in fact in this case, first one in the door, first one down the stairs to confront an armed suspect, his courage resulted in tragedy.

  4. Richard Bleicher:

    I suspect that the biggest improvement will be for things outside of X-rays, laboratory studies, and physical examinations, issues such as sexual health, cognitive impairment, fatigue and other personal issues and symptoms are probably addressed in a widely varied and inconsistent fashion, if at all, in many practices.

  5. Ahmad Zahid:

    They have been there for quite some time. I suspect the camps have been operating for at least five years.

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  • verdagteAfrikaans
  • مشتبه فيهArabic
  • sospitar, sospitósCatalan, Valencian
  • podezírat, podezřelý, podezřívatCzech
  • suspektDanish
  • misstrauen, verdächtigen, verdächtig, Verdächtige, Verdacht, Verdächtiger, vermutenGerman
  • ύποπτος, υποπτεύομαι, ύποπτηGreek
  • sospecharSpanish
  • مشکوکPersian
  • epäillä, epäiltyFinnish
  • soupçonnerFrench
  • संदिग्धHindi
  • gyanakszik, gyanakodik, gyanúsítHungarian
  • կասկածյալArmenian
  • sospettareItalian
  • 疑うJapanese
  • 의심하다Korean
  • претпоставува, сомнителна, се сомнева, осомничена, сомнителен, осомниченMacedonian
  • verdenken, verdachte, wantrouwen, twijfelen, verdacht, betwijfelenDutch
  • podejrzany, podejrzana, podejrzewaćPolish
  • suspeito, suspeitar, suspeitaPortuguese
  • подозревать, заподозрить, полагать, подозреваемая, подозреваемыйRussian
  • sumitiSlovene
  • misstänkaSwedish
  • mshukiwaSwahili
  • சந்தேகTamil
  • అనుమానితురాలు, అనుమానితుడు, అనుమానించుTelugu

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