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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But some archaeologists, like Tsuneo Nakajima of the Lake Biwa Museum in Japan and his colleagues, suggest that aquaculture may have started much earlier. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Aquaculture may be the future of seafood, but its past is ancient," 17 Sep. 2019 In some ways the show is more universal than its female focus would suggest. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Show of Force’ gives a different perspective of military life | Review," 17 Sep. 2019 Disturbing audio of Hill threatening his fiancée prompted a chorus of chants from many suggesting the Chiefs immediately sever ties. Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "The Financial Impact of Antonio Brown’s Movement," 17 Sep. 2019 Thinking of those as part of God’s plan is certainly one way of considering the mystery that doesn’t suggest God has a rooting interest in the outcome of any given contest. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The off-putting theology of Bears kicker Eddy Piñeiro," 16 Sep. 2019 Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The New Brett Kavanaugh Revelations Prove the Original FBI Investigation Was a Sham," 16 Sep. 2019 At the current share price, that equates to a 9 percent yield – a level that suggests some concern is justified. Washington Post, "Holiday Giant Pays a Price for Grounded 737 Max," 18 Sep. 2019 Gantz's campaign has been accused by some of being lackluster, but opinion polls throughout suggested his support held up. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as Israeli exit polls show tight contest," 17 Sep. 2019 What's more, a stock index of recent IPOs tracked by Renaissance Capital is up 33% this year, compared with the S&P 500's 22% gain, suggesting a strong investor appetite for IPOs. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Why a Postponed WeWork IPO Wouldn’t Be Bad News for the IPO Market," 17 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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