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suspiciousadjective

 us   /səˈspɪʃ·əs/
  • suspicious adjective (FEELING DOUBT)

feeling doubt or a lack of trust: Many of the workers were suspicious of the labor agreement.
  • suspicious adjective (FEELING SOMEONE IS GUILTY )

making you feel that something illegal is happening or that something is wrong: Last night’s fire at the bank is being treated as suspicious. Neighbors were asked if they had noticed anything suspicious.
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"suspicious" in British English

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suspiciousadjective

uk   /səˈspɪʃ.əs/  us   /səˈspɪʃ.əs/
  • suspicious adjective (SEEM GUILTY)

B2 making you feel that something illegal is happening or that something is wrong: Her behaviour was very suspicious. The fire at the bank is being treated as suspicious. It's a little suspicious that no one knows where he was at the time of the murder. There were some suspicious characters hanging around outside. There's a suspicious-looking van parked at the end of the street. His new book bears a suspicious resemblance to a book written by someone else. (= His book is so similar to the other book that it seems as if he has copied it.)

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  • suspicious adjective (DOUBT)

B2 feeling doubt or no trust in someone or something: His colleagues became suspicious (= thought that there was something wrong) when he did not appear at work, since he was always punctual. They are deeply/highly (= very) suspicious of one another/of each other's motives. My mother has a very suspicious nature (= does not trust people).

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