auto-suggest

noun
au·​to-sug·​gest | \ ˌȯ-tō-sə(g)-ˈjest How to pronounce auto-suggest (audio) \
variants: or autosuggest

Definition of auto-suggest

: a feature found in many computer programs (such as search engines and text messaging apps) that analyzes a user's typing and presents a list of words and phrases that can be selected and entered based on history, context, and the first few typed letters Autocomplete, as the name suggests, is the feature that completes a partial search query by matching the character string that the user types. Autosuggest is the clever little feature that makes it seem like Google is nesting in your brain, predicting what you want to search seemingly before you even know it yourself.— Louise Merry

First Known Use of auto-suggest

2001, in the meaning defined above

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“Auto-suggest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auto-suggest. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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