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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 ​watersupply.
  • suspect verb [T] (THINK GUILTY)

to ​think or ​believe that someone is ​guilty of something: Authorities have the ​power to ​evictresidents when they suspect ​criminalactivity.
  • suspect verb [T] (DOUBT)

to ​doubt or not ​believe in something: There is no ​reason to suspect ​theirloyalty.

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; ​possiblyfalse or ​dangerous: I can’t ​understand why my ​reasonsseem suspect to a ​number of ​people.
(Definition of suspect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"suspect" in British English

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suspectverb [T]

uk   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 ​foulplay. [+ (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 ofcarrying out two ​bombattacks. 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   us   /-ˈspek.tɪd/

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He has a suspected ​brokenleg.

suspectnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsʌs.pekt/
B2 a ​personbelieved 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 ​casecommittedsuicide. No one ​knows what ​caused the ​outbreak of ​foodpoisoning, but ​shellfish is the ​main suspect (= is ​thought to have ​caused it).

suspectadjective

uk   us   /ˈsʌs.pekt/
(Definition of suspect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 ​payingbribes to Army ​officers to ​securecontracts.

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 ​disposalexperts destroyed a suspect ​packagefound at the ​airport.
(Definition of suspect from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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