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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Four scenarios proposed building a new Loch Raven High; two suggest building a new Lansdowne High; one, a new Sparrows Point High; and one, a new Dulaney High School. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Firm presents 7 scenarios to address Balto. Co. high school overcrowding; all include new Towson High," 13 July 2018 Recent valuations suggest the unit is now worth $11.5 billion, according to RBC Capital Markets. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Musk Needs to Find His Mary Barra," 13 July 2018 Though not always directly related to the plot, these painterly images cumulatively suggest a land of dreamlike otherness and alien beauty. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 Outside of a fairly high walk rate, the numbers suggest Sheffield is close to big-league ready. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 MLB prospects to watch at the 2018 Futures Game," 13 July 2018 The double doors to the Tarkington Tower condo suggest something special lies on the other side. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: 4-bedroom Tarkington Tower condo for $550K means amenities plus view," 13 July 2018 Recent reports suggest that the North has continued to expand infrastructure at nuclear and missile sites and that U.S. intelligence assesses that the North does not intend to fully denuclearize. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 13 July 2018 Reports suggest that families seeking asylum were separated under the policy, too—even though seeking asylum is not a crime. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Impactful Ways to Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border," 13 July 2018 And reports suggest attendance dropped for the 2018 Eaux Claires, the hipster-friendly festival in Eau Claire County co-founded and co-curated by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest in Milwaukee reports lowest attendance in at least 25 years," 13 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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