suspicion Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Definition of “suspicion” - English Dictionary

"suspicion" in American English

See all translations

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)







"suspicion" in British English

See all translations

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of suspicion?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “suspicion”

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More