(1) Not as expected
"There was something fishy about the accident"
"Up to some funny business"
"Some definitely queer goings-on"
"A shady deal"
"Her motives were suspect"
(2) A person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
(3) Someone who is under suspicion
(4) Regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
(5) Imagine to be the case or true or probable
"I suspect he is a fugitive"
"I surmised that the butler did it"
(6) Hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
"The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks"
suspectus, perfect passive participle of suspicere, from sus-, combining form of sub, under, + spicere, to appear.
- To imagine or suppose (something) to be true without evidence.
- I suspect his theory.
- To distrust or have doubts about (something or someone).
- I suspect him of lying.
- To believe (someone) to be guilty without proof.
- If you asked me who the thief is, I would suspect him.
- To have suspicion.
Synonymsimagine, suppose, think distrust, doubt accuse, point the finger at
- A person who is suspected of something, in particular of committing a crime.
- Round up the usual suspects. — Casablanca
- To be viewed with suspicion.
- The figures in these accounts look suspect — I think someone has been cooking the books.