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 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 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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