suspect

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Pronunciation[change]

verb
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noun and adjective
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Verb[change]

Plain form
suspect

Third-person singular
suspects

Past tense
suspected

Past participle
suspected

Present participle
suspecting

  1. (transitive) If you suspect something, you feel that something, often bad, is probably true.
    I suspect you've already erased the file, have you?
  2. (transitive) If you suspect someone or something, you don't trust them, or you think something is their fault.
    The chemical is no longer used because it is suspected of causing cancer.
    Hassan strongly suspected that he had something to do with Wolfgang Klein's death.

Noun[change]

Singular
suspect

Plural
suspects

  1. A suspect is a person or thing who you believe committed a crime or caused something.
    He was the police's prime suspect in the crime.

Adjective[change]

Positive
suspect

Comparative
more suspect

Superlative
most suspect

  1. If something is suspect, it is untrue, or likely to cause problems.
    Any claims to solve all the problems should be seen as deeply suspect.