sug·​gest səg-ˈjest How to pronounce suggest (audio)
suggested; suggesting; suggests

transitive verb

: to mention or imply as a possibility
suggested that he might bring his family
: to propose as desirable or fitting
suggest a stroll
: to offer for consideration or as a hypothesis
suggest a solution to a problem
: to call to mind by thought or association
the explosion … suggested sabotage F. L. Paxson
: to serve as a motive or inspiration for
a play suggested by a historic incident
: to call forth : evoke
obsolete : to seek to influence : seduce
suggester noun
Choose the Right Synonym for suggest

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The United States has resisted any fund that would suggest liability and compensation — let alone reparations — for decades of greenhouse gas emissions by industrialized nations. Seth Borenstein,, 17 Nov. 2022 The top sheet of paper was left with a bloom-like design rendered in shades of gray that suggest pencil or charcoal, but are actually gunpowder. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 This is just one month of price data, but contained a lot of hints that suggest U.S. inflation may be declining, as more prices are dropping on a monthly basis in absolute terms. Simon Moore, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 There are studies that suggest the species could become extinct in the wild within 30 years. Joey Morona, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2022 Investors remain eager to see if the elections result in a divided U.S. government, an outcome that would suggest few major policy changes in the next two years. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2022 Wealthy countries have resisted creating a funding mechanism that could suggest liability for historic climate damages, but developing countries are united in demanding that a Loss and Damage fund be established. Valerie Volcovici, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Nov. 2022 It’s those fundamentals that suggest Democrats are headed for a shellacking on Election Day. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2022 Lydgate and her group have been keeping an eye on polls across the country that suggest several of these races will be tight. Savannah Kuchar, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to pile up, furnish, suggest, from sub- + gerere to carry

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Time Traveler
The first known use of suggest was in 1526

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Cite this Entry

“Suggest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



sug·​gest sə(g)-ˈjest How to pronounce suggest (audio)
: to put (as a thought) into a person's mind
: to propose as an idea or possibility
suggest going for a walk
: to call to mind through close connection or association
the fire suggests arson
suggester noun

Legal Definition


transitive verb

: to mention or imply as a possibility
: to enter on the record as a suggestion

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