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sus·pect • v. / səˈspekt/ [tr.] 1. have an idea or impression of the existence, presence, or truth of (something) without certain proof: if you suspect a gas leak, do not turn on an electric light | she suspected that he might be bluffing | [as adj.] (suspected) a suspected heart condition. ∎  believe or feel that (someone) is guilty of an illegal, dishonest, or unpleasant act, without certain proof: parents suspected of child abuse. 2. doubt the genuineness or truth of: a broker whose honesty he had no reason to suspect. • n. / ˈsəsˌpekt/ a person thought to be guilty of a crime or offense: the police have arrested a suspect. • adj. / ˈsəsˌpekt/ not to be relied on or trusted; possibly dangerous or false: a suspect package was found on the platform.