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Definition of suspect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    suspect

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//səˈspɛkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suspect
     
    he / she / it suspects
     
    past simple suspected
     
     
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to have an idea that something is probably true or likely to happen, especially something bad, but without having definite proof suspect (something) If you suspect a gas leak, do not strike a match or even turn on an electric light. Suspecting nothing, he walked right into the trap. I didn't want the neighbors to suspect anything. As I had suspected all along, he was not a real policeman. suspect (that)… I began to suspect (that) they were trying to get rid of me. I suspect (that) she might be lying. it is suspected that… It was suspected that the drugs had been brought into the country by boat. suspect somebody/something to be/have something She suspected him to be an impostor.
  3. 3[transitive] suspect something to be suspicious about something; to not trust something I suspected her motives in offering to help.
  4. 4[transitive] to have an idea that someone is guilty of something, without having definite proof suspect somebody/something of something He resigned after being suspected of theft. suspect somebody/something of doing something I suspected her of damaging the equipment. The drug is suspected of causing over 200 deaths. suspect somebody/something Whom do the police suspect?
  5. suspected adjective
     
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  6. a suspected outbreak of smallpox suspected tax evasion suspected terrorists
  7. Word Familysuspect verbsuspected adjectivesuspicion nounsuspicious adjectivesuspiciously adverbsuspect noun adjectivesuspect verbsuspected adjectivesuspicion nounsuspicious adjectivesuspiciously adverbsuspect noun adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: suspect

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