[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 suggesting

Contemporary Examples of suggesting

Historical Examples of suggesting

  • Who would for a moment think of suggesting his name as a helper?

  • "I'm not suggesting that he should be sent out into the world," he said.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The idea of Elvira's suggesting that you came over there to steal.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Are you suggesting that Polichinelle should play Scaramouche?


    Rafael Sabatini

  • He never dreamed of suggesting that I should walk in the same path.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for suggesting


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 suggesting



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper