suggest

verb
sug·​gest | \ səg-ˈjest How to pronounce suggest (audio) , sə-ˈjest \
suggested; suggesting; suggests

Definition of suggest

transitive verb

1a : to mention or imply as a possibility suggested that he might bring his family
b : to propose as desirable or fitting suggest a stroll
c : 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
3a : to call forth : evoke
b obsolete : to seek to influence : seduce

Other Words from suggest

suggester noun

Choose the Right Synonym for suggest

suggest, imply, hint, intimate, insinuate mean to convey an idea indirectly. suggest may stress putting into the mind by association of ideas, awakening of a desire, or initiating a train of thought. a film title that suggests its subject matter imply is close to suggest but may indicate a more definite or logical relation of the unexpressed idea to the expressed. measures implying that bankruptcy was imminent hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement. hinted that she might get the job intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor. intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner. insinuated that there were shady dealings

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Trump also conspiratorially suggested the FBI could have planted evidence against him during their raid, though there is no evidence to suggest this. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 14 Aug. 2022 Trading volumes have been too low to suggest any major retail involvement, and the discussion on the site regarding the stock has been limited. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 But the government downplayed the population drop and seemed to suggest Hong Kong was still a bustling finance hub. Jessie Yeung And Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 12 Aug. 2022 But human rights advocates say the country’s regulations lack necessary safeguards, devalue the lives of disabled people and are prompting doctors and health workers to suggest the procedure to those who might not otherwise consider it. Maria Cheng, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2022 The reconstruction of these bronze figures uses different metal alloys and other materials to suggest bruises, swollen lips, gashes and blood, and patination to make the bronze skin more lifelike. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 None of which is to suggest that improving on the old, dubious records will be some kind of panacea for track and field. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2022 Importantly, the scientists said there is no evidence so far to suggest the virus is spreading between humans. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2022 There is no data to suggest that a single Jynneos dose will be protective long-term against the virus, Walensky said in urging people to get the additional dose. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of suggest

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for suggest

Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to pile up, furnish, suggest, from sub- + gerere to carry

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The first known use of suggest was in 1526

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16 Aug 2022

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“Suggest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suggest. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for suggest

suggest

verb
sug·​gest | \ səg-ˈjest How to pronounce suggest (audio) , sə-ˈjest \
suggested; suggesting

Kids Definition of suggest

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.

suggest

transitive verb
sug·​gest

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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