Other forms: suspected; suspects; suspecting; suspectedly

A suspect is a person who is believed to be guilty of a crime. If you leave the scene of a murder with blood on your hands and a weapon in your pocket, you’re likely to become a prime suspect.

If others believe you have committed a crime, you are a suspect. The word can also be used as a verb and an adjective. To suspect someone of something is to believe that they probably did it. Do you ever suspect your parents of taking some of your Halloween candy? If something such as someone's excuse or motive is suspect, it seems a bit off. That bad-smelling piece of fish is suspect — you'd better not eat it.

Definitions of suspect
  1. verb
    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
    synonyms: disbelieve, distrust, mistrust
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    bank, rely, swear, trust
    have confidence or faith in
    lack confidence in or have doubts about
    type of:
    disbelieve, discredit
    reject as false; refuse to accept
  2. verb
    hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty
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    type of:
    guess, imagine, opine, reckon, suppose, think
    expect, believe, or suppose
  3. verb
    imagine to be the case or true or probable
    “I suspect he is a fugitive”
    synonyms: surmise
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    type of:
    guess, hazard, pretend, venture
    put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
Definitions of suspect
  1. noun
    someone who is under suspicion
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    murder suspect
    someone suspected of committing murder
    rape suspect
    someone who is suspected of committing rape
    robbery suspect
    someone suspected of committing robbery
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. noun
    a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
    synonyms: defendant
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    complainant, plaintiff
    a person who brings an action in a court of law
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    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
    co-respondent, corespondent
    the codefendant charged with adultery with the estranged spouse in a divorce proceeding
    the codefendant (especially in a divorce proceeding) who is accused of adultery with the corespondent
    type of:
    litigant, litigator
    (law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation
  3. adjective
    not as expected
    “her motives were suspect
    synonyms: fishy, funny, shady, suspicious
    subject to question
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