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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Recent Examples on the Web In lieu of flowers family suggests donations to American Alzheimer's Assoc. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 9/15," 15 Sep. 2019 The layout resembles a kind of poetry and suggests that words — and playing with them and their emotional rhythms — matter greatly to the author. Barbara Ellis, The Know, "Review: Curious Theatre’s “Pass Over” puts violence against young black men at center stage," 14 Sep. 2019 The department said drivers should plan more time for their commute and suggested instead of driving, to use public transportation such as the bus or light rail. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "More traffic expected Friday in Baltimore with VP Mike Pence addressing Republican retreat," 13 Sep. 2019 Taken together, the speed and trajectory strongly suggest C/2019 Q4 is not bound to our sun. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "A Second Interstellar Object May Be Streaking through Our Solar System," 13 Sep. 2019 Town council members were supportive of the application, but suggested that the town work toward creating a plan for accommodating and addressing affordable housing in the interim. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Newington moves forward on affordable housing moratorium," 12 Sep. 2019 President Trump, echoing a version of statements made in the wake of past mass shootings, suggested that the root difficulty is related to mental health. Troy Rondinone, The Conversation, "A plan to monitor the mentally ill? History of mental illness and stigma provides insights," 12 Sep. 2019 The man called Riverside police and suggested a possible link. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gov. Newsom offers $50K reward in 1999 Poway cold-case killing," 11 Sep. 2019 Instead, couch comments politely as helpful ideas, insights, and problem-solving suggestions that guide them to arrive at similar conclusions, and suggest like-minded ways for addressing areas of concern. Scott Steinberg, Quartz at Work, "The best way to correct your boss when they’ve made a mistake," 9 Sep. 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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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of suggest was in 1526

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suggest

verb
How to pronounce suggest (audio)

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.
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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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