|Origin:||suspectare, from the past participle of suspicere 'to look up at, admire, distrust', from sub- 'up, secretly' + specere 'to look at'|
sus‧pect1 S2 W3 [transitive not in progressive]
to think that something is probably true, especially something bad
I suspected that there was something wrong with the engine.
She strongly suspected he was lying to her.
She's not going to be very happy about this, I suspect.
to think that something bad has happened or is happening:
The doctors suspected pneumonia.
suspect murder/foul play
The position of the body led the police to suspect murder.
He never suspected anything.
to think that someone is probably guilty of a crime:
Who do you suspect?
suspect somebody of (doing) something
He's suspected of murder.
Pilcher was suspected of giving away government secrets to the enemy.
to think that something is not honest or true:
I began to suspect his motives in inviting me.