1 distrust, doubt, harbour suspicions about, have one's doubts about, mistrust, smell a rat (informal)
2 believe, conclude, conjecture, consider, fancy, feel, guess, have a sneaking suspicion, hazard a guess, speculate, suppose, surmise, think probable
3 dodgy (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. informal) doubtful, dubious, fishy (informal) iffy (informal) open to suspicion, questionable
, vb accept, be certain, be confident of, believe, buy (slang) have faith in, know, swallow (informal) think innocent, trust
adj above suspicion, innocent, reliable, straightforward, trustworthy, trusty
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suspect ( suspects plural & 3rd person present) ( suspecting present participle) ( suspected past tense & past participle )
The verb is pronounced səspekt. The noun and adjective are pronounced s^spekt.
1 verb You use suspect when you are stating something that you believe is probably true, in order to make it sound less strong or direct., (vagueness)
I suspect they were right... V that
The above complaints are, I suspect, just the tip of the iceberg... V that
Do women really share such stupid jokes? We suspect not. V not/so
2 verb If you suspect that something dishonest or unpleasant has been done, you believe that it has probably been done. If you suspect someone of doing an action of this kind, you believe that they probably did it.
He suspected that the woman staying in the flat above was using heroin... V that
It was perfectly all right, he said, because the police had not suspected him of anything... V n of n
You don't really think Webb suspects you?... V n
Frears was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack. V-ed
3 n-count A suspect is a person who the police or authorities think may be guilty of a crime.
Police have arrested a suspect in a series of killings and sexual assaults in the city.
4 adj Suspect things or people are ones that you think may be dangerous or may be less good or genuine than they appear.
Delegates evacuated the building when a suspect package was found...
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