suggest

verb
sug·​gest | \səg-ˈjest, sə-ˈjest\
suggested; suggesting; suggests

Definition of suggest 

transitive verb

1a obsolete : to seek to influence : seduce

b : to call forth : evoke

c : 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

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Other Words from suggest

suggester noun

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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.
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The charge that Russians carried out the email theft is not a terribly surprising one, nor does it by itself suggest serious legal jeopardy for President Trump or his associates. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller’s New Indictment Points to Collusion With Russia," 13 July 2018 Airbnb has touted its ability to stimulate local economies as one of the platform’s larger benefits for cities, and a recent study suggests that might be true — but only for the city’s primarily white neighborhoods. Tracy Jan, latimes.com, "Study suggests white neigborhoods see more economic benefits from Airbnb," 12 July 2018 One early proposal suggests the cost would be $150 a year, the most expensive of any residential parking plan in the country, and substantially more than the $30 a year neighboring Pendleton pays. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati unveils long-awaited OTR residential parking plan. Only thing missing? The cost.," 13 July 2018 Neal, of the Florida Association for Insurance Reform, suggests analyzing whether your home’s contents are worth half of the structure’s value. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 This suggests that the circumpolar deep water may melt more ice in winter that in summer. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 The report suggests that Brands is prepared to orchestrate a stunning double swoop on La Liga giants Barcelona for two key defensive signings, with French left back Lucas Digne and Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina on the agenda at Goodison. SI.com, "Everton Plotting Ambitious Double Swoop for Barcelona Defensive Stars Ahead of New Season," 13 July 2018 But Everling said Anthem suggested an 80 percent cut in payment rates at the Brownsburg hospital, far less than the reimbursement rate at any of the health system’s other facilities. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hendricks Regional Health disputes Anthem's payment rates at new Brownsburg hospital," 11 July 2018 The report also said other research suggests the chemicals can increase the risk of some cancers. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Johnson Controls unit expands offer to treat tainted water tied to Marinette plant," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of suggest

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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suggest

verb

English Language Learners 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

suggest

verb
sug·​gest | \səg-ˈjest, 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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