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SUSPECT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does suspect mean? 

SUSPECT (noun)
  The noun SUSPECT has 2 senses:

1. someone who is under suspicion
2. a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused

  Familiarity information: SUSPECT used as a noun is rare.


SUSPECT (adjective)
  The adjective SUSPECT has 1 sense:

1. not as expected

  Familiarity information: SUSPECT used as an adjective is very rare.


SUSPECT (verb)
  The verb SUSPECT has 3 senses:

1. imagine to be the case or true or probable
2. regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
3. hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty

  Familiarity information: SUSPECT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUSPECT (noun)


Sense 1suspect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who is under suspicion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("suspect" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "suspect"):

murder suspect (someone suspected of committing murder)

rape suspect (someone who is suspected of committing rape)

robbery suspect (someone suspected of committing robbery)


Sense 2suspect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

defendant; suspect

Hypernyms ("suspect" is a kind of...):

litigant; litigator ((law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "suspect"):

accused (a defendant in a criminal proceeding)

co-defendant; codefendant (a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action)


SUSPECT (adjective)


Sense 1suspect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not as expected

Synonyms:

suspect; fishy; suspicious; funny; shady

Context examples:

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

Similar:

questionable (subject to question)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


SUSPECT (verb)


Sense 1suspect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Imagine to be the case or true or probable

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

suspect; surmise

Context examples:

I suspect he is a fugitive / I surmised that the butler did it

Hypernyms (to "suspect" is one way to...):

guess; hazard; pretend; venture (put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2suspect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

distrust; mistrust; suspect

Hypernyms (to "suspect" is one way to...):

disbelieve; discredit (reject as false; refuse to accept)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "suspect"):

doubt (lack confidence in or have doubts about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3suspect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The U.S. suspected Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks

Hypernyms (to "suspect" is one way to...):

guess; imagine; opine; reckon; suppose; think (expect, believe, or suppose)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They suspect him to write the letter


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