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Meaning & Definition of Suspect in English

English

Suspect

/səspɛkt/

noun

1. Someone who is under suspicion

    synonym:
  • suspect

2. A person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law

  • The person being sued or accused
    synonym:
  • defendant
  • ,
  • suspect

verb

1. Imagine to be the case or true or probable

  • "I suspect he is a fugitive"
  • "I surmised that the butler did it"
    synonym:
  • suspect
  • ,
  • surmise

2. Regard as untrustworthy

  • Regard with suspicion
  • Have no faith or confidence in
    synonym:
  • distrust
  • ,
  • mistrust
  • ,
  • suspect

3. Hold in suspicion

  • Believe to be guilty
  • "The u.s. suspected bin laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks"
    synonym:
  • suspect

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • fishy
  • ,
  • funny
  • ,
  • shady
  • ,
  • suspect
  • ,
  • suspicious

Examples of using

Maria didn’t suspect that "Tom", her pen-friend, with whom she had been corresponding for months over the Internet and whom she secretly loved, without ever having met him, was actually a super-intelligent squirrel.
Any suspect case is considered a public health emergency due to the severity of this illness.
Tom doesn't suspect a thing.