suspect (someone or something) of (something)

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suspect (someone or something) of (something)

To consider or believe that someone or something is guilty of some crime or wrongdoing but lacking evidence to prove it. I began to suspect him of having an affair when he started leaving the house at odd hours and was evasive when I asked him where he was going. The feds suspect the company of fraud, but they have to build a portfolio of evidence before they can strike.
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suspect someone of something

to think or believe that someone has done something. I suspect the clerk of stealing. Ted was suspected of leaving the door unlocked when he left last Friday.
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References in classic literature ?
The second, who was wiser, laughed at this simplicity; but the third, who was wiser still, answered, "Let us go in, however, for he may think we should not suspect him of going amongst his own countrymen." They accordingly went in and searched the house, and by that means missed overtaking the thief, who was at that time but a little way before them; and who, as they all knew, but had never once reflected, could not read.
Voida(14) an officer saw a young man fall from his bicycle and remain on the ground with his arms and legs in the air "like a bug." The officer did not suspect him of any crime but stopped to see if medical assistance was needed.