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verb [transitive] [not usually progressive] suspect pronunciation in American English /səˈspekt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesuspecting
past tensesuspected
past participlesuspected

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  1. 1
    to believe that something is true, especially something bad

    Teachers should call social services if they suspect child abuse.

    suspect (that):

    Police suspected that she had some connection with the robbery.

    1. a.
      to believe that someone has done something, usually something bad
      suspect someone of something:

      men suspected of involvement in the bombing

      suspect someone of doing something:

      I suspected Alex of deliberately forgetting her purse.

      He wrote a letter naming the people whom he suspected.

    2. b.
      to believe that something is bad or worse than it appears

      Carl seemed very kind, but she suspected his motives.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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