Suspect

Definition of Suspect

Sus`pect´
a.1.Suspicious; inspiring distrust.
Suspect [was] his face, suspect his word also.
- Chaucer.
2.Suspected; distrusted.
What I can do or offer is suspect.
- Milton.
n.1.Suspicion.
So with suspect, with fear and grief, dismayed.
- Fairfax.
2.One who, or that which, is suspected; an object of suspicion; - formerly applied to persons and things; now, only to persons suspected of crime.
v. t.1.To imagine to exist; to have a slight or vague opinion of the existence of, without proof, and often upon weak evidence or no evidence; to mistrust; to surmise; - commonly used regarding something unfavorable, hurtful, or wrong; as, to suspect the presence of disease.
[imp. & p. p. Suspected; p. pr. & vb. n. Suspecting.]
Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more.
- Bacon.
From her hand I could suspect no ill.
- Milton.
2.To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation.
3.To hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story.
4.To look up to; to respect.
v. i.1.To imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be suspicious.
If I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me.
- Shak.

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