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"suspect" in British English

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suspectverb [T]

uk   /səˈspekt/  us   /səˈspekt/
  • suspect verb [T] (THINK LIKELY)

B2 to think or believe something to be true or probable: So far, the police do not suspect foul play. [+ (that)] We had no reason to suspect (that) he might try to kill himself. "Do you think she'll have told them?" "I suspect not/so."

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  • suspect verb [T] (THINK GUILTY)

B2 to think that someone has committed a crime or done something wrong: No one knows who killed her, but the police suspect her husband. The police suspect him of carrying out two bomb attacks. Three suspected terrorists have been arrested.

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  • suspect verb [T] (DOUBT)

C2 to not trust; to doubt: I have no reason to suspect her honesty/loyalty. We suspected his motives in making his offer.
suspected
adjective uk   /səˈspek.tɪd/  us   /səˈspek.tɪd/

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He has a suspected broken leg.

suspectnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsʌs.pekt/  us   /ˈsʌs.pekt/
B2 a person believed to have committed a crime or done something wrong, or something believed to have caused something bad: Police have issued a photograph of the suspect. The prime suspect in the case committed suicide. No one knows what caused the outbreak of food poisoning, but shellfish is the main suspect (= is thought to have caused it).

suspectadjective

uk   /ˈsʌs.pekt/  us   /ˈsʌs.pekt/
(Definition of suspect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suspect" in American English

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suspectverb [T]

 us   /səˈspekt/
  • suspect verb [T] (THINK LIKELY)

to think or believe something is likely: Medical investigators suspect the outbreak was caused by bacteria in the water supply.
  • suspect verb [T] (THINK GUILTY)

to think or believe that someone is guilty of something: Authorities have the power to evict residents when they suspect criminal activity.
  • suspect verb [T] (DOUBT)

to doubt or not believe in something: There is no reason to suspect their loyalty.

suspectnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsʌs·pekt/
  • suspect noun [C] (GUILTY PERSON)

a person who is believed to be guilty of something: After the robbery, the usual suspects were rounded up.

suspectadjective

 us   /ˈsʌs·pekt, səˈspekt/
  • suspect adjective (CAUSING DOUBT)

not able to be trusted; possibly false or dangerous: I can’t understand why my reasons seem suspect to a number of people.
(Definition of suspect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"suspect" in Business English

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suspectverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈspekt/
to believe that something, usually something bad, may be true or may have happened: suspect that The bank suspects that fraud has occurred. suspect fraud/dishonesty/foul play
to believe that someone is guilty of committing a crime: suspect sb/sth of doing sth The company was suspected of paying bribes to Army officers to secure contracts.

suspectnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsʌspekt/
someone who police, employers, or other authorities believe has committed a crime: a chief/key/prime suspect

suspectadjective

uk   us   /ˈsʌspekt/
if something is suspect, it seems likely to be dishonest, dangerous, criminal, etc.: The Financial Services Authority is cracking down on banks and brokers that have failed to report suspect deals by clients. Bomb disposal experts destroyed a suspect package found at the airport.
(Definition of suspect from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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