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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The governor has said Senate leaders misled him by suggesting the bill had bipartisan support. Washington Post, "Trump looms large as West Virginia GOP leaders squabble," 14 June 2019 The minority attempted to avoid some of the consequences of that failure by suggesting that the budget should not be funded with money from the budget reserve, but the majority voted down several amendments along those lines. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska House approves capital budget, but not money to pay for it," 13 June 2019 Kastalia Medrano, writing for Thrillist (with thanks to The Week magazine for suggesting it), writes about singing beaches — but Medrano describes the melody as more like a squeak. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Escapes: The joy of uninvited guests who come along for the ride," 13 June 2019 Cummings disputed that, citing documents unearthed last week suggesting that the real reason the administration sought to add the citizenship question was to help officials gerrymander legislative districts in overtly partisan and racist ways. Michael Balsamo, BostonGlobe.com, "House oversight panel backs contempt vote on Barr, Ross in census dispute," 12 June 2019 To suggest otherwise was to be slapped down as a rank demagogue of the worse kind. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The FBI Tragedy: Elites above the Law," 11 June 2019 Those other measures suggest the 2007 recession was especially severe. Ramesh Ponnuru, Twin Cities, "Ramesh Ponnuru: Millennials’ costly lifestyles may not be a matter of choice," 11 June 2019 But that would have suggested that this notion was open to debate. CBS News, "Book excerpt: Jim Acosta's "The Enemy of the People"," 7 June 2019 But after a court filing in April mentioned the documents in suggesting that Republican leaders had made false statements to the federal court, their reaction was electric. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Deceased Strategist’s Files Detail Republican Gerrymandering in North Carolina, Advocates Say," 6 June 2019

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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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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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