[suhg-jest, suh-]

verb (used with object)

to mention or introduce (an idea, proposition, plan, etc.) for consideration or possible action: The architect suggested that the building be restored.
to propose (a person or thing) as suitable or possible for some purpose: We suggested him for president.
(of things) to prompt the consideration, making, doing, etc., of: The glove suggests that she was at the scene of the crime.
to bring before a person's mind indirectly or without plain expression: I didn't tell him to leave, I only suggested it.
to call (something) up in the mind through association or natural connection of ideas: The music suggests a still night.

Origin of suggest

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 formssug·gest·ed·ness, nounsug·gest·er, nounsug·gest·ing·ly, adverbpre·sug·gest, verb (used with object)un·sug·gest·ed, adjectiveun·sug·gest·ing, adjective

Synonyms for suggest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suggest

Contemporary Examples of suggest

Historical Examples of suggest

  • It was the fact that there was nowhere a touch to suggest preparation for her home-coming.


    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

  • "Then give them their bridles, and let them range the woods," Heyward ventured to suggest.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The weak spot in his argument was his inability to suggest a reasonable motive.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • 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


verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

to put forward (a plan, idea, etc) for considerationI suggest Smith for the post; a plan suggested itself
to evoke (a person, thing, etc) in the mind of someone by the association of ideasthat painting suggests home to me
to give an indirect or vague hint ofhis face always suggests his peace of mind
Derived Formssuggester, noun

Word Origin for suggest

C16: from Latin suggerere to bring up, from sub- + gerere to bring
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for suggest

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper