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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.
  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.
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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

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Historical Examples of unsuggested

  • In the meantime, all the beauty and attractiveness and opportunity of the country may be unsuggested.

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  • The latter part of his life was clouded by mental disorders, not unsuggested to the reader by the pathos of many of his poems.

  • When Scheffer saw him coming, he satisfied himself at a glance that the visit was an unsuggested one.

  • He spoke the author's text, and nothing indicates that he introduced any "business" unsuggested by him.

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    "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"

British Dictionary definitions for unsuggested


verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
  1. to put forward (a plan, idea, etc) for considerationI 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 ideasthat painting suggests home to me
  3. to give an indirect or vague hint ofhis face always suggests his peace of mind
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Derived Formssuggester, noun

Word Origin for suggest

C16: from Latin suggerere to bring up, from sub- + gerere to bring
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Word Origin and History for unsuggested



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

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