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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Neeson, 66, was discussing the plot of the film with co-star Julianne Moore when he said "we all racial profile" - suspecting someone of an offence based on their race alone.
Police launched a murder probe, suspecting someone of lighting accelerant put through the letterbox.
Anyone suspecting someone of benefit fraud can call the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440 or visit www.dwp.gov.uk/benefit-thieves
If it's gone as far as you suspecting someone of some sort of terrorist activity, then inform the police.
If it has gone as far as suspecting someone of some sort of terrorist activity, then inform the police.