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suspect

sus·pect

suspect

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, adjective
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: s spekt
inflections: suspected, suspecting, suspects
definition 1: to believe to be true.
I suspect that she knows more than she lets on.
synonyms:
believe, fancy, guess, imagine, suppose
similar words:
conjecture, infer, surmise, think
definition 2: to believe the guilt of (someone) without knowing all the facts.
The police had suspected the neighbor all along, but there was not enough evidence to arrest him.She suspected her brother of taking the money.
definition 3: to have doubts, reservations, or suspicions about.
I suspect her motives in this case.
synonyms:
distrust, doubt, mistrust
similar words:
disbelieve, fear, question
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: s spekt
definition: to believe that something, especially something bad, may be true; to have suspicions.
She looked through all my drawers; I think she suspects.
similar words:
guess
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: suh spekt
definition: one who is suspected, esp. of a crime or other wrongdoing.
The police are now calling the husband a suspect in the case.
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: suh spekt
definition: open to suspicion or doubt.
His motives for convincing her to change her will are certainly suspect.
synonyms:
questionable, suspicious
similar words:
doubtful, dubious, precarious, problematic, shady, slippery, unreliable, untrustworthy
derivation: suspecting (adj.)
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The word suspect contains the following parts:
su- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix "su- " occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of "sub-."
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