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Definition of suspect verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    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 adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: suspect

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