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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Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Related The November drop in the jobless rate was a surprise, and a rare piece of good news from the eurozone economy, which business surveys and other data suggest will continue to slow this year. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "As Unemployment Shrinks in Europe, Big Disparities Linger," 9 Jan. 2019 No paper evidence has been found to help corroborate the version of events described by the Braunstein family, who also suggested there was some involvement by a second podiatrist, Dr. Manny Weinstein. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 Dec. 2018 After the pimple is drained, Dr. Shamban suggests covering it with an over-the-counter pimple patch, specifically one with salicylic acid in it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Correct Way to Pop a Pimple," 21 Dec. 2018 Perhaps, as Hinkle hints toward during our interview, her kinship with her character runs deeper than first impressions might suggest. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Marin Hinkle On the Scene That Gave Her Hives," 8 Dec. 2018 New research is suggesting that lifestyle adjustments might help to lessen the effects of Alzheimer's disease. Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents Dec 2018," 24 Nov. 2018 Another disappointed fan suggested keeping the Comeback Stage, but in a different way: to save one of the contestants who actually made it into the top 24. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Faces Backlash After the Comeback Stage Winner Advanced to the Top 13," 14 Nov. 2018 Details from the city bids that have emerged—many remain undisclosed, and/or locked behind NDAs—suggest billion-dollar packages are commonplace in the corporate incentive game. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 bids: The weird ways cities wanted to woo Bezos," 27 Dec. 2018 The Times began looking into Trump’s draft record anew when an anonymous tipster suggested that a podiatrist who was a commercial tenant of Fred Trump’s had provided the medical documentation. Steve Eder, The Seattle Times, "Did a Queens podiatrist help Donald Trump avoid Vietnam?," 26 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, 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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