suspect - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] 

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/ˈsʌspekt/
singularsuspect
pluralsuspects
  1. 1
    someone who the police believe may have committed a crime

    Jess had been killed, and her husband was the obvious suspect.

    a murder/bombing suspect

  2. 2
    someone or something that is likely to do or cause something, especially something bad

    When plants are ruined, snails and slugs are the chief suspects.