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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive), Adjective


Noun suspect has 2 senses

Verb suspect has 3 senses

Adjective suspect has 1 sense

  • suspect(s = adj.all) fishy, funny, shady, suspicious - 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"


suspecta. [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.].
  •  Suspicious; inspiring distrust.  [1913 Webster]
    "Suspect [was] his face, suspect his word also."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Suspected; distrusted.  [1913 Webster]
    "What I can do or offer is suspect."  [1913 Webster]
suspectn. [LL. suspectus. See Suspect, a.].
  •  Suspicion.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "So with suspect, with fear and grief, dismayed."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
suspectv. t. 
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more."  [1913 Webster]
    "From her hand I could suspect no ill."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story.  Addison.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To look up to; to respect.  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To mistrust; distrust; surmise; doubt.
suspectv. i. 
     To imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be suspicious.  [1913 Webster]
    "If I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me."  [1913 Webster]


suspect, v., n., & adj.
1 have an impression of the existence or presence of (suspects poisoning).
2 (foll. by to be) believe tentatively, without clear ground.
3 (foll. by that + clause) be inclined to think.
4 (often foll. by of) be inclined to mentally accuse; doubt the innocence of (suspect him of complicity).
5 doubt the genuineness or truth of.
--n. a suspected person.
--adj. subject to or deserving suspicion or distrust; not sound or trustworthy.

ME f. L suspicere suspect- (as SUB-, specere look)



a bit thick, a bit thin, absurd, account as, accused, arguable, assume, at issue, awake a doubt, be afraid, be diffident, be doubtful, be dubious, be possessive, be skeptical, be uncertain, believe, beyond belief, call in question, challenge, conceive, conclude, confutable, conjectural, consider, contest, contestable, contested, controversial, controvertible, correspondent, daresay, debatable, deduce, deem, defendant, deniable, disbelieve, disbelieved, discredited, disputable, dispute, disputed, distrust, divine, doubt, doubtable, doubted, doubtful, dream, dubious, dubitable, esteem, estimate, expect, exploded, fancy, feel, gather, grant, greet with skepticism, guess, half believe, harbor suspicions, hard of belief, hard to believe, have a feeling, have a hunch, have an idea, have an impression, have an inkling, have reservations, have the idea, hold, hold as, iffy, imagine, implausible, in dispute, in doubt, in dubio, in question, inconceivable, incredible, infer, judge, let, let be, libelee, look upon as, maintain, misdoubt, misgive, mistakable, mistrust, mistrusted, moot, not deserving belief, open, open to doubt, open to question, open to suspicion, opine, passing belief, prefigure, preposterous, presume, presuppose, presurmise, prisoner, problematic, provisionally accept, query, question, questionable, questioned, raise a question, reckon, refutable, regard, repute, respondent, ridiculous, say, scruple, sense, set down as, shadowy, shady, shaky, smell a rat, speculative, staggering belief, suppose, suppositional, surmise, suspected, suspicion, suspicious, take, take for, take for granted, take it, take to be, tall, theorize, thick, thin, think, throw doubt upon, treat with reserve, trow, unbelievable, uncertain, unclear, unconvincing, under a cloud, under suspicion, understand, unearthly, ungodly, unimaginable, unthinkable, unworthy of belief, view as, ween




VB disbelieve, discredit, not believe, misbelieve, refuse to admit, refuse to believe, doubt, be doubtful, doubt the truth of, be skeptical as to, diffide, distrust, mistrust, suspect, smoke, scent, smell a rat, have doubts, harbor doubts, entertain doubts, suspicions, have one's doubts, demure, stick at, pause, hesitate, scruple, stop to consider, waver, hang in suspense, hang in doubt, throw doubt upon, raise a question, bring in, call in question, question, challenge, dispute, deny, cavil, cause a doubt, raise a doubt, start a doubt, suggest a doubt, awake a doubt, make suspicion, ergotize, startle, stagger, shake one's faith, shake one's belief, stagger one's faith, stagger one's belief.

N unbelief doubt, unbelief, disbelief, misbelief, discredit, miscreance, infidelity, dissent, change of opinion, retraction, doubt, skepticism, scepticism, misgiving, demure, distrust, mistrust, cynicism, misdoubt, suspicion, jealousy, scruple, qualm, onus probandi, incredibility, incredibleness, incredulity, doubter, skeptic, cynic, unbeliever, unbelieving, skeptical, sceptical, incredulous as to, skeptical as to, distrustful as to, shy as to, suspicious of, doubting, doubtful, disputable, unworthy of, undeserving of belief, questionable, suspect, suspicious, open to suspicion, open to doubt, staggering, hard to believe, incredible, unbelievable, not to be believed, inconceivable, impossible, fallible, undemonstrable, controvertible, cum grano salis, with a grain of salt, with grains of allowance, fronti nulla fides, nimium ne crede colori, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes, I fear the Greeks even when bearing gifts, beware of Greeks bearing gifts, credat Judaeus Apella, let those believe who may, ad tristem partem stenua est suspicio.


VB suppose, conjecture, surmise, suspect, guess, divine, theorize, presume, presurmise, presuppose, assume, fancy, wis, take it, give a guess, speculate, believe, dare say, take it into one's head, take for granted, imagine, put forth, propound, propose, start, put a case, submit, move, make a motion, hazard out, throw out a suggestion, put forward a suggestion, put forward conjecture, allude to, suggest, hint, put it into one's head, suggest itself, run in the head, marvel if, wonder if, wonder whether.

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