What does suspect mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspectnoun

    someone who is under suspicion

  2. defendant, suspectadjective

    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, suspiciousverb

    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, surmiseverb

    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, suspectverb

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

  6. suspectverb

    hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty

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

Wiktionary

  1. suspectnoun

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

    Round up the usual suspects. uE000146841uE001 Casablanca

  2. suspectverb

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

    I suspect his theory.

  3. suspectverb

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

    I suspect him of lying.

  4. suspectverb

    To believe (someone) to be guilty.

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

  5. suspectverb

    To have suspicion.

  6. suspectadjective

    To be viewed with suspicion.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Suspectnoun

    Suspicion; imagination without proof. Obsolete.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    No fancy mine, no other wrong suspect,
    Make me, O virtuous shame, thy laws neglect. Philip Sidney.

    The sale of offices and towns in France,
    If they were known, as the suspect is great,
    Would make thee quickly hop without a head. William Shakespeare.

    My most worthy master, in whose breast
    Doubt and suspect, alas, are plac’d too late,
    You should have fear’d false times, when you did feast. William Shakespeare.

    There be so many false prints of praise, that a man may justly hold it a suspect. Francis Bacon.

    Nothing more jealous than a favourite towards the waining-time and suspect of satiety. Henry Wotton.

    They might hold sure intelligence
    Among themselves, without suspect t’offend. Daniel.

    If the king ends the differences, and takes away the suspect, the case will be no worse than when two duellists enter the field. John Suckling.

  2. Suspectpart. adj.

    Doubtful.

    Etymology: suspect, French.

    Sordid interests or affectation of strange relations are not like to render your reports suspect or partial. Joseph Glanvill.

  3. To Suspectverb

    Etymology: suspicio, suspectum, Lat.

    Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more. Francis Bacon.

    Let us not then suspect our happy state,
    As not secure. John Milton.

    From her hand I could suspect no ill. John Milton.

    Though many poets may suspect themselves for the partiality of parents to their youngest children, I know myself too well to be ever satisfied with my own conceptions. Dryden.

    Some would persuade us that body and extension are the same thing, which change the signification of words, which I would not suspect them of, they having so severely condemned the philosophy of others. John Locke.

    I cannot forbear a story which is so well attested, that I have no manner of reason to suspect the truth. Addison.

  4. To Suspectverb

    To imagine guilt.

    If I suspect without cause, why then let me be your jest. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

Wikipedia

  1. Suspect

    In law enforcement jargon, a suspect is a known person accused or suspected of committing a crime. Police and reporters in the United States often use the word suspect as a jargon when referring to the perpetrator of the offense (perp in dated US slang). However, in official definition, the perpetrator is the robber, assailant, counterfeiter, etc.—the person who 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 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 (as a witness generally describes a perpetrator, while a mug shot is of a 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 late 20th and early 21st century began to use person of interest, possible suspect, and even possible person of interest, to mean suspect.Under the judicial systems of the U.S., once a decision is approved to arrest a suspect, or bind him over for trial, either by a prosecutor issuing an information, a grand jury issuing a true bill or indictment, or a judge issuing an arrest warrant, the suspect can then be properly called a defendant, or the accused. Only after being convicted is the suspect properly called the perpetrator.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspectadjective

    suspicious; inspiring distrust

  2. Suspectadjective

    suspected; distrusted

  3. Suspectadjective

    suspicion

  4. Suspectadjective

    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. Suspectverb

    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. Suspectverb

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

  7. Suspectverb

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

  8. Suspectverb

    to look up to; to respect

  9. Suspectverb

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

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

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.

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. cupsets

  2. suscept

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Numerology

  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. Robert Maginnis:

    I suspect many modern Russians get their news from a variety of sources and not just state-sponsored outlets, today, for example, there were reports of demonstrations popping up across a number of Russian cities protesting the Kremlin's assault on Ukraine.Most Russian people consider Ukrainians family, not enemies.

  2. John Heath:

    A freeze is a bit more time consuming and not as convenient as a fraud alert product. But it's certainly necessary if you have been a victim or suspect that you've been a victim of identity theft.

  3. John Thune:

    We're all interested in what went on and hopefully this will shed light on it, i suspect they will be and the question of whether they're going to issue subpoenas is something the committee is going to have to decide based on what they're looking at. Obviously, this warrants further review and investigation, and I'm glad they're doing it.

  4. Kenneth McKenzie:

    There's still a residual element of the Syrian program that's out there, i'm not going to say that they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future. I suspect, however, they'll think long and hard about it.

  5. County Police Department:

    Suspect in at murder of 2 of our officers found incompetent to stand trial.

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  • verdagteAfrikaans
  • مشتبه فيهArabic
  • sospitós, sospitarCatalan, Valencian
  • podezírat, podezřívat, podezřelýCzech
  • suspektDanish
  • Verdächtige, verdächtig, vermuten, misstrauen, Verdacht, verdächtigen, VerdächtigerGerman
  • υποπτεύομαι, ύποπτος, ύποπτηGreek
  • sospecharSpanish
  • مشکوکPersian
  • epäilty, epäilläFinnish
  • soupçonnerFrench
  • संदिग्धHindi
  • gyanakszik, gyanúsít, gyanakodikHungarian
  • կասկածյալArmenian
  • sospettareItalian
  • 疑うJapanese
  • 의심하다Korean
  • осомничена, претпоставува, осомничен, сомнителна, сомнителен, се сомневаMacedonian
  • betwijfelen, verdenken, verdacht, verdachte, wantrouwen, twijfelenDutch
  • podejrzewać, podejrzana, podejrzanyPolish
  • suspeito, suspeita, suspeitarPortuguese
  • подозреваемый, заподозрить, подозревать, полагать, подозреваемаяRussian
  • sumitiSlovene
  • misstänkaSwedish
  • mshukiwaSwahili
  • சந்தேகTamil
  • అనుమానించు, అనుమానితురాలు, అనుమానితుడుTelugu
  • כאָשעדYiddish

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