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

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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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As the name suggests, the Voluminous X Fiber is a fiber mascara that uses a two-step system to build lashes up to almost extension status. Glamour, "L’Oréal Paris’ Voluminous X Fiber Is the Best Fiber Mascara I’ve Ever Used," 12 Apr. 2019 The Meddler As the title suggests, this is about a nosy mom (Susan Sarandon) who meddles in the life of her struggling daughter (Rose Byrne). Seventeen, "20 Mother's Day Movies to Watch With Your Mom," 11 Apr. 2019 The current information suggests that there will be an announcement when Meghan is in labor and again when the baby is born. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Actually Following in Queen Elizabeth's Footsteps for Her Birth Plan," 11 Apr. 2019 Meadow, as its name suggests, takes its motif from the flora of a spring field—but presents these specimens flattened on a solid background, like fresh flowers pressed in a book. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Floral Wallpaper for People Who Hate Florals," 19 Mar. 2019 The second Bixby speaker reportedly has the model number SM-V310, while the Galaxy Home is model number SM-V510, suggesting that there could always be more Bixby smart speakers down the line. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Samsung is reportedly making a budget Bixby-powered smart speaker," 29 Dec. 2018 Research suggests that simply increasing density could be a place to start—and get cities much of the way toward their carbon emission-reduction goals. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?," 11 Dec. 2018 In some ways, American forces were losing ground to North Vietnamese Communists, suggesting the war wouldn’t end anytime soon. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "How April 1968 Changed the United States Forever," 19 Apr. 2019 Ninety-four percent of marriages in India are still arranged, says Agrawal, suggesting the audience for Indian dating apps remains small. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019

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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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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 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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