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Meaning of SUSPECT

Pronunciation:  [v]su'spekt, 'suspekt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
  2. [n]  someone who is under suspicion
  3. [adj]  (informal) 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"; "suspicious behavior"
  4. [v]  regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
  5. [v]  imagine to be the case or true or probable; "I suspect he is a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it"
  6. [v]  hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty; "The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks"

SUSPECT is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: defendant, distrust, fishy, funny, mistrust, queer, questionable, shady, surmise, suspicious
 Antonyms: bank, complainant, plaintiff, rely, swear, trust
 See Also: accused, codefendant, co-defendant, disbelieve, discredit, doubt, guess, hazard, human, imagine, individual, litigant, litigator, mortal, murder suspect, opine, person, rape suspect, reckon, robbery suspect, somebody, someone, soul, suppose, think, venture



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sus*pect"\, a. [L. suspectus, p. p. of suspicere to
    look up, admire, esteem, to look at secretly or askance, to
    mistrust; sub under + specere to look: cf. F. suspect
    suspected, suspicious. See {Spy}, and cf. {Suspicion}.]
    1. Suspicious; inspiring distrust. [Obs.]
             Suspect [was] his face, suspect his word also.
    2. Suspected; distrusted. [Obs.]
             What I can do or offer is suspect.    --Milton.
  2. \Sus*pect"\, n. [LL. suspectus. See {Suspect}, a.]
    1. Suspicion. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
             So with suspect, with fear and grief, dismayed.
    2. One who, or that which, is suspected; an object of
       suspicion; -- formerly applied to persons and things; now,
       only to persons suspected of crime. --Bacon.
  3. \Sus*pect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suspected}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Suspecting}.]
    1. To imagine to exist; to have a slight or vague opinion of
       the existence of, without proof, and often upon weak
       evidence or no evidence; to mistrust; to surmise; --
       commonly used regarding something unfavorable, hurtful, or
       wrong; as, to suspect the presence of disease.
             Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know
             little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by
             procuring to know more.               --Bacon.
             From her hand I could suspect no ill. --Milton.
    2. To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without
       proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation.
    3. To hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to
       distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story. --Addison.
    4. To look up to; to respect. [Obs.]
    Syn: To mistrust; distrust; surmise; doubt.
  4. \Sus*pect"\, v. i.
    To imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be
          If I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me.