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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.
  2. 2
    spoken used for stating an opinion to make it sound less direct
    He’ll be missed by some, but not, I suspect, by all his colleagues.


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