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

 
BrE BrE//ˈsʌspekt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌspekt//
 
a person who is suspected of a crime or of having done something wrong a murder suspect He is the prime suspect in the case. Five suspects have been detained for questioning. Do you have a list of likely suspects? See related entries: Terrorism
Word OriginMiddle English (originally as an adjective): from Latin suspectus ‘mistrusted’, past participle of suspicere, from sub- ‘from below’ + specere ‘to look’.Word Familysuspect verbsuspected adjectivesuspicion nounsuspicious adjectivesuspiciously adverbsuspect noun adjectiveExtra examples She has been identified as the chief suspect. The army rounded up all the usual suspects. The letter makes him a possible suspect for her murder. The police have several suspects. Two men were arrested as suspects in the bombing.
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