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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Recent Examples on the Web Active duty service members who missed the April cutoff could apply for a waiver to serve in accordance with their gender identity, and reports from the Department of Defense suggest that over 8,000 troops could be eligible for that waiver. NBC News, "Navy grants waiver allowing transgender sailor to serve openly," 16 May 2020 On the other hand, new cases of covid-19 have been falling for weeks, which suggests that the country may now be over the peak. The Economist, "Daily chart The coronavirus may have peaked in America," 15 May 2020 The most optimistic projections suggest a vaccine could be in hand by January; other, more cautious predictions see a wait of at least 18 months. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "A Vaccine Against COVID-19 Would Be the Latest Success in a Long Scientific History," 15 May 2020 But Frieze New York, the city’s first test of whether a virtual art gathering forced by the pandemic could survive online, wound down on Friday with surprisingly strong results, suggesting that the schmooze-centric art market may never be the same. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "First Virtual New York Art Fair Brings Low Energy but Solid Prices," 15 May 2020 The fact that the syndrome is appearing in places where coronavirus is prevalent suggests that there could be a correlation, O'Leary said. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "What parents should know about the mysterious illness appearing in kids, according to doctors," 15 May 2020 If your friend responds by suggesting a video chat instead, be gracious. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Don't be a jerk during a global pandemic," 15 May 2020 Other researchers have gone to the other end of the size spectrum, suggesting that the mystery object could be a softball-sized black hole. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Planet Nine might not be a planet at all," 14 May 2020 Over the course of his presidency, Trump has responded to criticism of his performance or comments by suggesting or outright asserting that his critics are criminals. Toluse Olorunnipa, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump rages against foes as coronavirus spreads," 13 May 2020

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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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19 May 2020

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“Suggest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suggest. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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suggest

verb
How to pronounce suggest (audio)

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.
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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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