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suggest

[suh g-jest, suh-] /səgˈdʒɛst, sə-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to mention or introduce (an idea, proposition, plan, etc.) for consideration or possible action:
The architect suggested that the building be restored.
2.
to propose (a person or thing) as suitable or possible for some purpose:
We suggested him for president.
3.
(of things) to prompt the consideration, making, doing, etc., of:
The glove suggests that she was at the scene of the crime.
4.
to bring before a person's mind indirectly or without plain expression:
I didn't tell him to leave, I only suggested it.
5.
to call (something) up in the mind through association or natural connection of ideas:
The music suggests a still night.
Origin of suggest
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin suggestus (past participle of suggerere to build up, supply, hint, suggest), equivalent to sug- sug- + ges- (past participle stem of gerere to carry, do, display) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
suggestedness, noun
suggester, noun
suggestingly, adverb
presuggest, verb (used with object)
unsuggested, adjective
unsuggesting, adjective
Synonyms
2. recommend, advise. 4. indicate, imply. See hint.
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  • It was the fact that there was nowhere a touch to suggest preparation for her home-coming.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • How wise his mother had been to suggest that he should go out for a walk.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The weak spot in his argument was his inability to suggest a reasonable motive.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • "Then give them their bridles, and let them range the woods," Heyward ventured to suggest.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • That's the only incentive you can suggest for spying, unconnected with my affairs?

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for suggest

suggest

/səˈdʒɛst; US səɡˈdʒɛst/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
1.
to put forward (a plan, idea, etc) for consideration: I suggest Smith for the post, a plan suggested itself
2.
to evoke (a person, thing, etc) in the mind of someone by the association of ideas: that painting suggests home to me
3.
to give an indirect or vague hint of: his face always suggests his peace of mind
Derived Forms
suggester, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suggerere to bring up, from sub- + gerere to bring
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Word Origin and History for suggest
v.

1520s, from Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere (see suggestion). Related: Suggested; suggesting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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