Suspect Sus*pect", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suspected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suspecting}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

From her hand I could suspect no ill. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation. [1913 Webster]

3. To hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. To look up to; to respect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: To mistrust; distrust; surmise; doubt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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