suspect

suspect
sus|pect1 W3S2 [səˈspekt] v [T not in progressive]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: suspectare, from the past participle of suspicere 'to look up at, admire, distrust', from sub- 'up, secretly' + specere 'to look at']
1.) to think that something is probably true, especially something bad
suspect (that)
I suspected that there was something wrong with the engine.
She strongly suspected he was lying to her.
She's not going to be very happy about this, I suspect .
2.) to think that something bad has happened or is happening
The doctors suspected pneumonia.
suspect murder/foul play
The position of the body led the police to suspect murder.
suspect sth/nothing/anything
He never suspected anything.
3.) to think that someone is probably guilty of a crime
Who do you suspect?
suspect sb of (doing) sth
He's suspected of murder.
Pilcher was suspected of giving away government secrets to the enemy.
4.) to think that something is not honest or true
I began to suspect his motives in inviting me.
suspect 2
sus|pect2 [ˈsʌspekt] n
1.) someone who is thought to be guilty of a crime
Two suspects were arrested today in connection with the robbery.
Police have issued a description of the murder suspect.
suspect for
the two suspects for the robbery
suspect in
a suspect in a burglary case
main/prime/chief suspect
Davies is still the chief suspect.
2.) the usual suspects
the people or things that are usually involved in or responsible for a particular activity
a wine shop stocking all the usual suspects: wines from California, France, Australia
suspect 3
suspect3 adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin, past participle of suspicere; SUSPECT1]
1.) not likely to be completely honest
= ↑dodgy
I've always thought he was a bit of a suspect character.
The company was involved in some highly suspect business dealings.
2.) not likely to be completely true
The two men were convicted on the basis of some highly suspect evidence.
3.) likely to have problems and not work well
The engine sounded a bit suspect.
4.) [only before noun]
likely to contain a bomb or something illegal or dangerous
Police were called in to check out a suspect van.

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