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 The guidelines set by these standards advocate people engagement and suggest setting up the right policies and structures that enable the same. Madhukar Govindaraju, Forbes, "Use Peer Coaching To Support The Perfect Trifecta: Competence, Engagement And Management," 10 May 2021 Restoring the 2015 accord, with all its flaws, seems doable, interviews with European, Iranian and American officials suggest. New York Times, "U.S. and Iran Want to Restore the Nuclear Deal. They Disagree Deeply on What That Means.," 9 May 2021 There’s no legislative language yet, but the White House talking points suggest that any family that qualifies would get the subsidy automatically. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Department of National Child Care," 9 May 2021 Some images show what appear to be white patches resembling lichen covering parts of the surface, while others show spherical structures that the researchers suggest may be akin to puffball fungi on Earth. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Is this proof that there’s actually life on Mars?," 9 May 2021 The new pundit view is correct that official measures suggest the share of bridges in poor condition has declined. Star Tribune, "America's bridges need greater investment to survive," 9 May 2021 These studies, however, are not as persuasive as activists suggest. Christopher F. Rufo, National Review, "California’s Shaky Housing ‘Entitlement’ for the Homeless," 9 May 2021 That his barn has been flagged again at Churchill — this time with the winner of the sport’s most prestigious race — would suggest either extreme sloppiness or shameless disregard. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Sullivan: Bob Baffert is trying to sell 'sabotage' to an audience conditioned to skepticism," 9 May 2021 If that premise didn’t already suggest the show didn’t’ take itself too seriously, Patton Oswalt provides the voice of M.O.D.O.K. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, "What to Watch on Hulu: ‘Some Kind of Heaven,’ ‘Shrill’ Final Season and Marvel’s ‘M.O.D.O.K.’," 8 May 2021

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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 May 2021

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“Suggest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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.


transitive verb

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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