[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 suggested

Contemporary Examples of suggested

Historical Examples of suggested

  • "He'd better improve his whiskers first thing he does," suggested Percival.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "I wonder that you take her to drive with you," suggested Philip, sympathetically.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She suggested the 4th of July to him as the time to begin operations.

  • "Why not walk over to the old Omnibus House," suggested Grace.

  • "Then perhaps she may be wiser by this time," Hester suggested.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for suggested


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 suggested



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper