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"suspicion" in British English

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suspicionnoun

uk   us   /səˈspɪʃ.ən/
  • suspicion noun (FEELING)

B2 [C] a ​belief or ​idea that something may be ​true: [+ that] I have a suspicion that he only ​asked me out because my ​brotherpersuaded him to. She had a nagging/​sneaking suspicion that she might have ​sent the ​letter to the ​wrongaddress.

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  • I've got a ​sneaking suspicion that we're going the ​wrong way.
  • We always had the suspicion that ​theirmarriage was not ​happy.
  • I had a suspicion that he was up to something.
  • They had been ​fooling me all along, and I had no suspicion.
  • I had no suspicion that the ​firm might ​close.
  • suspicion noun (BELIEF IN SOMEONE'S GUILT)

C1 [C or U] a ​feeling or ​belief that someone has ​committed a ​crime or done something ​wrong: "I'm ​arresting you on suspicion ofillegallypossessingdrugs," said the ​policeofficer. In these ​cases, the ​parents usually come under suspicion.usually UK She is under suspicion ofmurder. In this ​particularcase, they are above/beyond suspicion (= cannot be ​thought to be ​guilty). His ​strangebehaviouraroused/​raised his ​neighbours' suspicions.

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  • suspicion noun (DOUBT)

[C or U] doubt or ​lack of ​trust: Since they ​discovered the ​truth about his ​background, his ​colleagues have ​regarded him with suspicion. They ​feel that she harbours (= has) suspicions oftheirpolitics.
(Definition of suspicion from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suspicion" in American English

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suspicionnoun

 us   /səˈspɪʃ·ən/
  • suspicion noun (FEELING OR BELIEF)

[C] a ​feeling or ​belief that something is ​likely or ​true: [+ that clause] There are suspicions that he may not be ​able to ​play at all.
  • suspicion noun (BELIEF IN GUILT)

[C/U] the ​belief that someone is ​guilty of something: [C] His ​strangebehaviorraised suspicions among his co-workers.
  • suspicion noun (DOUBT)

[U] lack of ​belief in someone or something; ​doubt: Because he was a new ​arrival, other ​workerslooked at him with suspicion.
(Definition of suspicion from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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