verb sug·gest \ səg-ˈjest , sə-ˈjest \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of suggest

suggested; suggesting; suggests
1 a 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
2 a : 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



Examples of suggest in a Sentence

  1. We suggested to the committee that they review the case again.

  2. It was suggested that we leave early.

  3. He suggested several different ways of dealing with the problem.

  4. Who would you suggest for the job?

  5. They suggested a restaurant we might want to try.

  6. I suggest caution in a situation like this.

  7. The evidence suggests arson as the cause of the fire.

  8. There is nothing to suggest that the two events are connected.

  9. As the name suggests, a yarn winder is a device used to wind balls of yarn.

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Origin and Etymology of suggest

Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to pile up, furnish, suggest, from sub- + gerere to carry

suggest Synonyms


put forth, put forward;

Synonym Discussion of suggest

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

SUGGEST Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of suggest for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb sug·gest \ səg-ˈjest , sə-ˈjest \

Definition of suggest for Students

suggested; suggesting
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.

Law Dictionary


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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