Definition of suspect
What does the word suspect mean?
part of speech: verb transitive
Have an impression of the existence or presence of (danger, a plot, foul play, collusion, a causal relation); half believe to be (I s. him to be my brother, a liar, dying); be inclined to think that or that (I s. you once thought otherwise; also parenth., as you, I s., don\'t care); incline to mentally accuse of or inculpate, doubt the innocence of, distrust, (I s. him of lying, of deep designs; a suspected criminal, person suspected of being one; suspected persons; the ignorant s. everybody); hold to be uncertain, mistrust, doubt the genuineness or truth of, (s. the authenticity of, the evidence). Hence suspectable a. (rare). [French]
part of speech: noun
pred. a. & n. Of suspected character, subject to suspicion, not unimpeachable, (the statement of an interested party is naturally s.); (n.) suspected person (political ss. are kept under surveillance). [French]