Definition of suspect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    suspect

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səˈspekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspekt//
     
    (not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suspect
    BrE BrE//səˈspekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspekt//
     
    he / she / it suspects
    BrE BrE//səˈspekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspekts//
     
    past simple suspected
    BrE BrE//səˈspektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspektɪd//
     
    past participle suspected
    BrE BrE//səˈspektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspektɪd//
     
    past simple suspecting
    BrE BrE//səˈspektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspektɪŋ//
     
    past participle suspecting
    BrE BrE//səˈspektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspektɪŋ//
     
    Dishonest, Terrorism
     
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  1. 1  [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 neighbours suspecting 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. See related entries: Dishonest
  2. 2  [transitive] to have an idea that somebody 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? See related entries: Terrorism
  3. 3[transitive] suspect something to be suspicious about something; to not trust something I suspected her motives in offering to help.
  4. Word Familysuspect verbsuspected adjectivesuspicion nounsuspicious adjectivesuspiciously adverbsuspect noun adjective Word Origin Middle English (originally as an adjective): from Latin suspectus ‘mistrusted’, past participle of suspicere, from sub- ‘from below’ + specere ‘to look’.Extra examples He immediately suspected the worst. He was wrongly suspected of the crime. I rather suspect they were trying to get rid of me. It was widely suspected that the cadets had been acting on orders. She had no reason to suspect that Sylvia had not been telling the truth. These revelations only prove what I suspected all along. As I suspected all along, he was not a real policeman. He dealt through a broker whose honesty he had no reason to suspect. I would suspect that they’re running short of money by now. If you suspect a gas leak, call the emergency services immediately. It was just as she had suspected: the letters had been stolen.
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