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[ suhg-jest, suh- ]

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.

    Synonyms: advise, recommend

  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.

    Synonyms: imply, indicate

  5. to call (something) up in the mind through association or natural connection of ideas:

    The music suggests a still night.


/ səˈdʒɛst; səɡˈdʒɛst /


  1. to put forward (a plan, idea, etc) for consideration

    a plan suggested itself

    I suggest Smith for the post

  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

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Derived Forms

  • sugˈgester, noun

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Other Words From

  • sug·gested·ness noun
  • sug·gester noun
  • sug·gesting·ly adverb
  • presug·gest verb (used with object)
  • unsug·gested adjective
  • unsug·gesting adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of suggest1

First recorded in 1520–30; from 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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of suggest1

C16: from Latin suggerere to bring up, from sub- + gerere to bring

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Synonym Study

See hint.

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Example Sentences

None of this — timing included — suggests an apolitical approach to the position.

Some observers have suggested it may happen but once in each Langsdorffia’s life.

The “Wonder Woman 1984” postponement suggests Hollywood’s fall may go little better than its summer.

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At the same time, he suggested that podcasting is a very different market.

“The evidence suggests that one or more vaccines will be available to the public in the fourth quarter this year or early next year,” Hui said.

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Certain features of its history suggest why this may be the case.

Those who have watched anti-gay groups closely suggest that there will be two major strategic shifts in their strategy.

But Goff called it “insulting” to suggest that he might be running a super PAC for personal gain.

We might even see data that suggest the program is performing efficiently.

They suggest acupuncture and counseling to work on these deeper issues.

That woman meant mischief, or she would never have dared to suggest that a British officer should throw in his lot with hers.

On some future occasion I may suggest how you may successfully perform your duties in your new position.

It simply finds relation already existing between the words or the ideas which the words suggest or evoke.

"I will use any word you think more adequate, madame, if you will suggest it," he answered tartly.

And I would respectfully suggest that this interview must definitely terminate the matter one way or the other.