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Definition of "suspect" [sus•pect]

  • To surmise to be true or probable; imagine: I suspect they are very disappointed. (verb-transitive)
  • To have doubts about; distrust: I suspect his motives. (verb-transitive)
  • To think (a person) guilty without proof: The police suspect her of murder. (verb-transitive)
  • To have suspicion. (verb-intransitive)
  • One who is suspected, especially of having committed a crime. (noun)
  • To believe guilty of a specified offence without proof (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To think false, questionable, etc (verb)
  • To surmise to be the case; think probable (verb)
  • To have suspicion (verb)
  • A person who is under suspicion (noun)
  • Causing or open to suspicion (adjective)

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Use "suspect" in a sentence
  • "The term suspect is an investigative term, not a legal term, Nancy."
  • "Personally, I believe that if a suspect is arrested and then convicted, his “demographic” is not the defining basis of that conviction."
  • "BUT when a suspect is arrested and interrogated, then the police officer had better had Mirandized the suspect or anything said during the interrogation is tossed out because he hadn't been Mirandized."