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Definition 1: someone who is under suspicion - [noun denoting person]

(suspect is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of suspect ) someone suspected of committing murder

(... is a kind of suspect ) someone who is suspected of committing rape

(... is a kind of suspect ) someone suspected of committing robbery

Definition 2: a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for suspect in the sense of this definition

(suspect is a kind of ...) (law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation

"plaintiffs and defendants are both litigants"

(... is a kind of suspect ) a defendant in a criminal proceeding

(... is a kind of suspect ) a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action

(suspect belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for suspect in the sense of this definition

(suspect is a kind of ...) reject as false; refuse to accept

(... is a kind of suspect ) lack confidence in or have doubts about

"I doubt these reports" "I suspect her true motives" "she distrusts her stepmother"

Definition 4: imagine to be the case or true or probable - [verb of communication]

Samples where suspect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for suspect in the sense of this definition

(suspect is a kind of ...) put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

"I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again" "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"

Definition 5: hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty - [verb of communication]

Samples where suspect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(suspect is a kind of ...) expect, believe, or suppose

"I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel" "I thought to find her in a bad state" "he didn't think to find her in the kitchen" "I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"

Definition 6: not as expected - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where suspect or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for suspect in the sense of this definition

(suspect is similar to ...) subject to question

"questionable motives" "a questionable reputation" "a fire of questionable origin"

(suspect is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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