suggest

verb
sug·​gest | \ səg-ˈjest How to pronounce suggest (audio) , 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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Anyway, Song doesn’t suggest skipping treatment ingredients — let’s not get crazy — but does recommend combining hydrating steps to increase efficiency. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 On a lighter note, the episode trailer also suggests that this episode will bring the opening of the Great Exhibition, which took place in 1851. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Victoria Sneak Peek: Watch as Queen Victoria Declares the Great Exhibition Open," 27 Feb. 2019 Changes for SPF Ratings The FDA also suggested raising the maximum SPF value allowed on labels from 50+ to 60+. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What the New Proposed FDA Sunscreen Regulations Mean for You," 22 Feb. 2019 Paladini suggests of this surrealist approach of bringing the past into the future. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Behind the Scenes at Massimo Bottura's New Dubai Restaurant," 27 Dec. 2018 Another potential source might be carbon and car-tab taxes suggested by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, who seeks cash to replace the aging Highway 2 trestle to Everett, and statewide projects. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Renton’s freeway carpool lanes make a $197 million connection this week," 19 Feb. 2019 Given Prince Harry's role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, this new patronage only further suggests that the Sussexes will be focusing attention on the Commonwealth in the months to come. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Officially Announces Her First Royal Patronages," 10 Jan. 2019 There’s many suggested interventions for these short-term keto side effects on the internet, but know that there are potential pitfalls of these dietary supplements. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 Recent openings include the Little Wine Bar, which does great cheese platters in as tiny a space as the name suggests. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 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 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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