Definition of suggest in English:



  • 1[reporting verb] Put forward for consideration:

    [with clause] ‘I suggest that we wait a day or two’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘Maybe you ought to get an expert,’ she suggested’
    [with object] ‘Ruth suggested a holiday’
    • ‘In the meantime, I would strongly suggest not using the light until after it's been checked.’
    • ‘Several hypotheses have been suggested to explain the pathophysiology of the medial tibial stress syndrome.’
    • ‘Accordingly, I do not think the approach suggested by either counsel is particularly helpful or indeed necessary.’
    • ‘They splashed around the water until the referee suggested to move the ring to a drier place.’
    • ‘Someone suggested to her they might be of value and that she send them to me for an opinion.’
    • ‘With the wind increasing in strength and the rain lashing down I suggested to Kate, ‘Shall we call it a day?’’
    • ‘I suggested to her we start our own scholarly website and she was very taken with that idea.’
    • ‘Horses, I suggested to him, always seemed far more enigmatic than dogs or even cats.’
    • ‘However, alternative mechanisms have been suggested which are a mixture between the direct and indirect mechanism.’
    • ‘So last Christmas I suggested to my brother-in-law that we do something different.’
    • ‘Let's just get in the car and leave, " he suggested with a shrug.’
    • ‘"Take some pills, dear, " Nell suggests with a smile.’
    • ‘Mr Carter has suggested to us that this notice of appeal was prepared in a hurry and that it is in some way deficient.’
    • ‘We have suggested to the Mayors that they form a League of Cities to lobby for a better deal.’
    • ‘Her psychiatrist suggested to her parents that they should take her back to Nigeria for a long holiday.’
    • ‘I don't think that the prosecution wants to suggest for a moment that there is any sanity issue here.’
    • ‘Some people, mainly retailers, have suggested it should be moved to a Sunday to minimise the impact on trade.’
    • ‘I suggested to her that she should go and do a test, but she said she cannot because it would be bad luck.’
    • ‘He denied he had suggested to the children putting the stickers up in school.’
    • ‘May I humbly suggest a clearer alternative to that meaningless bit of cant?’
    propose, put forward, submit, recommend, advocate
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  • 2[with object] Cause one to think that (something) exists or is the case:

    ‘finds of lead coffins suggested a cemetery north of the river’
    [with clause] ‘the temperature wasn't as tropical as the bright sunlight may have suggested’
    • ‘Much evidence suggests the presence of tonic neurogenic inhibition in the colon.’
    • ‘Recent articles and letters suggest a bollard is not a popular proposal in the Straylands area.’
    • ‘Some findings even suggest that artificially boosting self-esteem may lower subsequent academic performance.’
    • ‘All these products are promoted with an élan that suggests high profit margins.’
    • ‘After losing last season to a broken leg, he has led them back to the play-offs in a manner that suggests the lessons weren't lost.’
    • ‘The fact that peace rallies are being held suggests a process of thinking that needs to be acknowledged.’
    • ‘The scientific evidence strongly suggests a link between cigar smoking and cancer of the pancreas.’
    • ‘Genetic origins are suggested by studies of twins and a higher incidence of recurrence among siblings.’
    • ‘Residues of zinc and lead may suggest experiments in pottery glaze manufacture.’
    • ‘The name Ani is thought to be derived from Anahit, the Persian water goddess, suggesting an even earlier occupation of the site.’
    • ‘An unfinished lead buckle suggests some metalworking was taking place at the site, and there are also crucibles.’
    • ‘Let me point to one recent anecdote that to me suggests such overreaching is possible.’
    • ‘Another possibility suggested by these results is that age gap might also moderate our gender composition findings.’
    • ‘Sheringham left Old Trafford in the summer and the evidence now suggests it was a shrewd move.’
    • ‘However, the signals did not move from the area close to his home, suggesting it was either discarded, or that Robert was near by.’
    • ‘Some studies have even suggested a link between excessive early television watching and future attention problems.’
    • ‘Your cautious movement down the banister suggests a desire to move from an intellectual plane to a less cerebral level.’
    • ‘The results also suggest the possibility of transport of small molecules within and along tendons in vivo.’
    • ‘The fact a urine sample had been requested may reasonably have suggested an infection.’
    • ‘But I want to emphasize that the communications we have had with customers strongly suggest otherwise.’
    indicate, lead to the belief, give the impression, give the idea, argue, point to, demonstrate, show, evince
    hint, insinuate, imply, intimate, drive at, indicate
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    1. 2.1 State or express indirectly:
      [with clause] ‘are you suggesting that I should ignore her?’
      [with object] ‘the seduction scenes suggest his guilt and her loneliness’
      • ‘More specifically, the findings suggest what sorts of strategies would be most acceptable to the target population.’
      • ‘Each zone also suggests which types of cardio best attack your problem areas.’
      • ‘The discovery suggests that life could exist on planets very different from Earth.’
      • ‘He does however believe that it is perfectly reasonable to suggest that God has always existed and always will.’
      • ‘Bullying is a significant problem, with figures suggesting one in five suffer.’
      • ‘Further investigation will be necessary to test these hypotheses suggested by the observations in the present study.’
      • ‘Are you suggesting that sun moves around the earth and that Copernicus and Galileo were wrong?’
      • ‘Another view exists suggesting it is difficult to get the sums right given the diverse nature of the taxation system.’
      • ‘Is there any pattern that might suggest who might be behind all of the violence?’
      • ‘Such scenes suggest the larger problem with the film, which is chiefly one of subtlety.’
      • ‘But evidence suggests a different story, and one that is worrying for quite the opposite reason.’
      • ‘But because he is a doctor, Reuters is suggesting to readers that his word is necessarily authoritative.’
      • ‘But London has to act on any feedback which suggests its efforts are being scotched north of the border.’
      • ‘Consensus trees should be interpreted with care as they may not be the most parsimonious hypotheses suggested by the data.’
      • ‘The same logic that suggested using water for heat dictated using sun for light.’
      • ‘Shifting his imposing frame, his expression takes on a thunderous aspect, suggesting this is the wrong question to ask.’
      • ‘It is not suggested in argument that a tort, if it existed under Community Law would be restricted.’
      • ‘These figures suggest a further significant increase, but they need to be treated with some caution.’
      • ‘It has not been suggested that it has any reference, expressed or implied, to arbitration.’
      • ‘In short, it suggested to Russell how to show that logic and mathematics are identical.’
      express, put into words, phrase, articulate, communicate, make known, get across, put across, convey, verbalize, render, tell
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    2. 2.2 Evoke:
      ‘the theatrical interpretation of weather and water almost suggests El Greco’
      • ‘It was certainly a nicer name than platinum, which suggested to me something flat and rather dull.’
      convey, express, impart, imply, intimate, connote, smack of
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    3. 2.3suggest itself (of an idea) come into one's mind:
      ‘a simpler explanation suggested itself to me’
      • ‘Is there someplace that suggests itself as a better place to lose your money than any other?’
      • ‘From all of this, the argument appears to suggest itself: capital, finance, labour, culture and politics are increasingly global, to the extent that the nation-state can no longer properly contain them.’
      • ‘The final question in these matters suggests itself.’
      • ‘Once you understand the pattern, the strategy suggests itself.’
      • ‘A question suggests itself: how did he manage to presume so cleverly?’
      • ‘Making albums like Returning Jesus and writing songs like ‘My Revenge On Seattle’ is justification enough for going through the difficulties that we sometimes do and a total fulfilment of the potential that suggested itself in 1986 / 87.’
      • ‘There's a novel in there somewhere, I'm convinced, you could call it… well there probably aren't really any words for that, at the moment, but I'm sure something appropriate'll suggest itself, over time.’
      • ‘An important question that then suggests itself is whether tenancy contracts are becoming more stringent and, by implication, whether the class power of landlords is becoming more acute.’
      • ‘The biggest change since my last visit only suggests itself very slowly.’
      • ‘‘I begin painting,’ Miró once said, ‘and as I paint, the picture begins to assert itself or suggest itself under my brush.’’
      • ‘At no stage did anything other than a resounding victory for Stradbally suggest itself.’
      • ‘Or perhaps some other solution might suggest itself.’
      • ‘The idea does not even suggest itself to the governmental or party leaders.’
      • ‘It wasn't until a Dublin magazine asked me to write a monthly column that a new approach suggested itself.’
      • ‘In Linux, however, the case suggests itself strongly that developing software through evolutionary processes does not require globally coordinated efforts.’
      • ‘This method suggested itself to me after reading Quantum Game Theory by Steve Landsburg.’
      • ‘This topic suggests itself for a number of reasons, one of them parked outside my front door.’
      • ‘A lack of judgment and an indifference that might be termed callous is nothing, however, compared with the alternative scenario that suggests itself.’
      • ‘Obviously, the hero needed a noble name and Alexander the Great suggested itself straight away.’
      • ‘Whether that made it all nice and legal I'll leave to the lawyers but a certain amount of absurdity suggested itself in the situation.’


Early 16th century: from Latin suggest- suggested, prompted, from the verb suggerere, from sub- from below + gerere bring.