Simple Definition of suggest
: to mention (something) as a possible thing to be done, used, thought about, etc.
: to say that (someone or something) is good or deserves to be chosen
: to show that (something) is likely or true : to indicate (something) usually without showing it in a direct or certain way
Full Definition of suggest
1a obsolete : to seek to influence : seduceb : to call forth : evokec : to mention or imply as a possibility <suggested that he might bring his family>d : to propose as desirable or fitting <suggest a stroll>e : to offer for consideration or as a hypothesis <suggest a solution to a problem>
2a : to call to mind by thought or association <the explosion…suggested sabotage — F. L. Paxson>b : to serve as a motive or inspiration for <a play suggested by a historic incident>
Examples of suggest in a sentence
We suggested to the committee that they review the case again.
It was suggested that we leave early.
He suggested several different ways of dealing with the problem.
Who would you suggest for the job?
They suggested a restaurant we might want to try.
I suggest caution in a situation like this.
The evidence suggests arson as the cause of the fire.
There is nothing to suggest that the two events are connected.
As the name suggests, a yarn winder is a device used to wind balls of yarn.
Origin and Etymology of suggest
Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to pile up, furnish, suggest, from sub- + gerere to carry
First Known Use: 1526
Synonym Discussion of suggest
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Definition of suggest for Students
1 : to put (as a thought or desire) into a person's mind <Are you suggesting I'm wrong?>
2 : to recommend as being worthy of accepting or doing <“I suggest we go,” said his lawyer with a sense of urgency … — Louis Sachar, Holes>
3 : to call to mind through close connection or association <Smoke suggests fire.>
Legal Definition of suggest
1 : to mention or imply as a possibility
2 : to enter on the record as a suggestion
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