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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Unemployment for these white-collar occupations remains similar to 2007 rates, which suggests just a moderately tight labor market for this cohort. Gad Levanon For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "America is too focused on the unemployment rate. Here's what we need to be looking at," 5 Sep. 2019 The fracas began with Anheuser-Busch's multi-million-dollar marketing campaign, launched during the 2019 Super Bowl, that suggested the MillerCoors beers, unlike Bud Light, contain corn syrup. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MillerCoors wins another battle in 'corn syrup' war with Anheuser-Busch," 4 Sep. 2019 The council may also consider a proposal from the community anti-displacement coalition, which suggested allowing up to six units on a lot if at least half were rent-restricted for low-income residents. oregonlive, "Portland seeks to address worries about infill housing plan with anti-displacement push," 4 Sep. 2019 That could be about to change, based on a report from 9to5Mac, which suggests Apple is adding native sleep tracking features to the Apple Watch. Time, "Apple's Biggest Event of the Year Is Nearly Upon Us," 4 Sep. 2019 Below, shop some of the newest styles that further suggest why the nostalgic trend feels more relevant than ever. Glamour, "Cargo Pockets Are the Most Inevitable Trend of 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 Private sales, which some estimates suggest account for 25 to 40 percent of all gun sales, are not subject to a federal background check in the United States. Paul J. Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Gunman in Texas shooting rampage that killed 7 obtained AR-style rifle in private sale, evading background check that blocked him in 2014," 3 Sep. 2019 The room has only a few other trappings — small molds of a child’s foot and hand, hanging from a wall — that suggest the routines of childhood. Los Angeles Times, "Dr. Bob Sears’ views on vaccines have inspired loyal followers — and a crush of criticism," 3 Sep. 2019 But that's such a loaded term that suggests that no one in the organization is trying to win games. Mark Maske, courant.com, "Draft-pick haul makes Dolphins early favorites to land Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert," 1 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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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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