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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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 Some preliminary data also suggest more couples than normal are divorcing this year, though not all researchers agree with that assessment. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Caused a Widespread Existential Crisis," 29 Dec. 2020 Some studies also suggest one’s high school GPA is a far better predictor of her chances at succeeding in and completing college than her SAT or ACT score, perhaps because grades are more personalized. Alia Wong, USA TODAY, "Scores of students are getting F's. What's the point of failing them during COVID-19?," 24 Dec. 2020 The data also suggest that the vaccine may reduce the virus's spread by preventing infections, though more data are needed to fully understand that finding. NBC News, "First shipments of Moderna vaccine roll out, a new weapon in U.S. Covid-19 response," 20 Dec. 2020 Police also suggest turning on exterior house lights. cleveland, "A Christmas season like no other: Olmsted Dates and Data," 17 Dec. 2020 Tracking estimates also suggest the gross domestic product could have grown solidly in the quarter. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "December Fed Meeting to Focus on Asset Purchases," 16 Dec. 2020 The clinical trials conducted so far also suggest that the side effects are minimal. Popular Science, "The FDA just green-lit America’s first COVID vaccine," 11 Dec. 2020 But some Israeli experts also suggest that Mr. Netanyahu will not want to enter elections totally on the outs with the new powers in Washington. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran assassination: One of many attempts to box in Biden," 9 Dec. 2020 The data also suggest that the two-dose vaccine may begin preventing some Covid-19 cases after the first dose. Matthew Herper, STAT, "FDA scientists endorse ‘highly effective’ Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine ahead of key panel," 8 Dec. 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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12 Jan 2021

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“Suggest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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


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.

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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