Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Suspecting"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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. --Addison.

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

Syn: To mistrust; distrust; surmise; doubt.

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