Definition of suggestion in US English:



  • 1An idea or plan put forward for consideration.

    • ‘Seek good suggestions for improvement from your staff and implement their ideas.’
    • ‘Next week, I intend to share your thoughtful suggestions for action with my students.’
    • ‘He also provides detailed suggestions for structuring and refining the instrument.’
    • ‘A three year plan will be drafted at this meeting and all present are welcome to contribute ideas and suggestions to that plan.’
    • ‘She found this project exciting to work on because the owner was very open to new ideas and suggestions for his premises.’
    • ‘What were his suggestions for improving higher education in all parts of India?’
    • ‘She says the conference has given her ideas and suggestions for making teaching and learning fun.’
    • ‘Rousseau went much further than constructive, intelligent suggestions for urban planning.’
    • ‘However, this dilemma has given me an idea - I want your suggestions for titles for my blog posts.’
    • ‘He will only listen to suggestions for modifying the scheme.’
    • ‘The group will meet again in September and are looking forward to suggestions for the development of the field.’
    • ‘I am open to all suggestions and ideas as to how we can make this project successful.’
    • ‘I'm open to suggestions for additional good news sources, especially foreign ones.’
    • ‘I have some suggestions for serious consideration by the august committee.’
    • ‘The booklet had a list of propositions, or suggestions for changes on the city and state levels.’
    • ‘The authors offer a few suggestions for policy change, but pay limited attention to such matters.’
    • ‘Links, submissions and suggestions for the site are of course very welcome.’
    • ‘The meeting is open to all and an ideal opportunity for anyone with ideas or suggestions to put them forward for discussion.’
    • ‘Residents and community groups are being asked to put forward suggestions for the future use of a disused Bradford church.’
    • ‘The headteacher of Radcliffe's new high school is inviting people to put forward suggestions for its name.’
    proposal, proposition, motion, submission, recommendation
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    1. 1.1 The action of suggesting something.
      ‘at my suggestion, the museum held an exhibition of his work’
      • ‘In 1802 she wrote an admiring letter to Sir W. Scott, who found some merit in her poetry and edited her works in three volumes, with a memoir, in 1810, at her suggestion.’
      • ‘Later, at a news conference, Mihailova stated that the decision to withdraw confidence in the candidate was taken at her suggestion.’
      • ‘We gathered our things, he paid our bill, with a generous tip, at my suggestion, and we made our way through the unpleasant crowd to the doors.’
      • ‘This morning, at my suggestion, we went down to Taunton to tour the agents.’
      • ‘But Gorbachev too was influenced by Western disarmament groups, and even initiated a nuclear testing moratorium at their suggestion.’
      • ‘At my suggestion as Party Chair, the Minnesota Republican Party sued on this issue.’
      • ‘At her suggestion, I'm to not spend anymore than 20 minutes at a time on my feet and I should be taking 20 minute breaks in-between walking around.’
      • ‘I am also rather annoyed at his suggestion that the RAF does nothing about reducing the noise when in fact they make strenuous efforts to keep noise to a minimum as do most responsible aviation bodies.’
      • ‘At his suggestion we go diving in the blue grottoes offshore.’
      • ‘At my suggestion, my 78-year-old mother has given my son a Thrasher subscription as a Christmas gift for the past several years.’
      • ‘At his suggestion I tackled the Judeo-German Weiber literature.’
      • ‘At my suggestion and upon that provided by several patients, the Mastocytosis Society has sent a questionnaire to all its patient members.’
      • ‘At my suggestion, my wife agreed to e-mail Rita to tell her that I am not sick after all, and that she and I are not sleeping together.’
      • ‘At his suggestion, she studied dentistry from 1923-26 and then worked as a dental technician until 1933.’
      • ‘It was a nickname given to me by my peers - at my suggestion.’
      • ‘Insp Dowling was previously the section commander at the Devizes town police station and it was at his suggestion that the alcohol-free zone in the town centre was set up.’
      • ‘‘Yeah, that's what I thought they'd do,’ said Corrigan on Wednesday, smiling at the suggestion.’
      • ‘At their suggestion I sent a complaint there and was rewarded with an anodyne standard letter which was obviously sent out to all complainants but which dealt with none of the points I raised.’
      • ‘I have prepared and am faxing to Ian, at his suggestion, a draft loan agreement to be entered into by you, with Burton Holdings, and a copy of this is enclosed to you for your information.’
      • ‘Kitchener, however, struck up an amicable relationship with Botha and most of the other Boer leaders and at his suggestion on April 18th they left to consult their commandos.’
      insinuation, hint, implication, intimation, innuendo, imputation
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    2. 1.2 Something that implies or indicates a certain fact or situation.
      ‘there is no suggestion that he was involved in any wrongdoing’
      • ‘Initial feelings were that the steering in this much larger and heavier car was not as precise as with the smaller C 200, but it was more of a suggestion than actual fact.’
      • ‘In fact, he even takes issue with the suggestion that last week's performance by his party should be regarded as a failure.’
      • ‘In fact, there are suggestions that the reverse may be true in some cases.’
      • ‘A suggestion was made, in fact, in the New York Times this weekend that the Internet is in its character a very American kind of place as opposed to a European or Asian kind of place.’
      • ‘This suggestion clearly implies that the animals were feral, or even simply free-roaming domesticated herds, rather than genuinely wild.’
      • ‘All I hope to add to this debate is the suggestion that cultural similarities may, in fact, cause more trouble than differences.’
      • ‘Further verbal irony is implied with the suggestion that Orion has been walking ‘in darkness too long.’’
      • ‘There were suggestions that in fact a confession video was made before the act itself.’
      • ‘I mean, the other day there was a suggestion that in fact the ice sheet is getting thicker for various reasons.’
      • ‘Also implied was the suggestion that femininity coupled with an aggressive stance is desirable.’
      • ‘Robertson said that the suggestion implied that athletes were being unpatriotic competing for Team GB.’
      • ‘Thus, while it was not the only factor, there was a suggestion that the fact that resources were limited had influenced the Authority.’
      • ‘Let us look more closely at the suggestion that mathematical truths imply the existence of mathematical objects, conceived as a species of abstract objects.’
      • ‘There is no suggestion, never mind evidence, that the appellant pleaded guilty only to at a stage where he felt he was in a position to do so.’
      • ‘There is a covert inference, a suggestion in fact, that there is a better way of speaking about this experience.’
      • ‘For you to even make such a suggestion strongly implies that you're really not interested in a serious debate on this issue.’
      • ‘Grimness, in its suggestion of a dire situation, of even a hopeless one, makes it pretty difficult to take issue.’
      • ‘With a slightly offended air and a breathtaking ability to ignore the facts he says there is no foundation for such a suggestion.’
      • ‘There was a suggestion that the very fact the trial was held in Mayo guaranteed that the defendant would not be found guilty of murder.’
      • ‘His suggestion also implies making heroin more freely available to people with problems.’
      • ‘Some suggestions indicate the damage could have been inflicted by a female or someone who held a grudge against the firm.’
      insinuation, hint, implication, intimation, innuendo, imputation
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    3. 1.3 A slight trace or indication of something.
      ‘there was a suggestion of a smile on his lips’
      • ‘She knows that it wouldn't help my cause if there was even the slightest suggestion of immorality attached to my name-even as a denial.’
      • ‘A wonderful feeling for style, without the slightest suggestion of cheap effects or sentimentality.’
      • ‘It just goes to show how malleable women are when there's the slightest suggestion of beauty and youth.’
      • ‘She's always on the edge of her chair, ready to pounce at the slightest suggestion of a whisper.’
      • ‘With the slightest suggestion of an audience, she radiates.’
      • ‘It was always how Benji reacted at the slightest suggestion of any such thing.’
      • ‘Sporangia are fusiform with the suggestion of a slight twist at the base.’
      • ‘Year upon year, traffic is brought into chaos with the slightest suggestion of a snowfall.’
      • ‘I set her upright, she smoothed her jacket and, not looking to me for even a moment, took her leave of the carriage with the vaguest suggestion of a smile on her face.’
      • ‘The Andante was played with melting beauty, but without the slightest suggestion of heavy handedness.’
      • ‘There was not the slightest suggestion of any form of persecution at all.’
      • ‘He looks the age and although his character still appears fit, his mannerisms have just a slight suggestion of slowness to them.’
      • ‘His command is built on a tightrope of mixed emotions, a powder keg ready to explode at the slightest suggestion of disrespect.’
      • ‘This is particularly true of nicotine where there is not even the slightest suggestion of compulsive use in laboratory species.’
      • ‘Eden was born in the heart of Geordie country but spoke without the slightest suggestion of it.’
      • ‘It even comes with a hefty chunk of lemon, in addition to the salt and vinegar [which was disappointingly run of the mill, with not the slightest suggestion of rose Perry vinegar or Caspian salt flakes].’
      • ‘Only at the Mpi locus was there a slight suggestion of a deficiency of heterozygotes.’
      • ‘It is a knowing smile with the suggestion of having known too much.’
      • ‘Be advised they'll also be in no mood to tolerate even the slightest suggestion of possessiveness.’
      • ‘In none of them is there the slightest suggestion of allegory or of otherwise disconnecting it from physical temporal reality.’
      hint, trace, touch, suspicion, tinge, modicum, dash, soupçon
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    4. 1.4 The action or process of calling up an idea or thought in someone's mind by associating it with other things.
      ‘the power of suggestion’
      • ‘Most scientists now agree he was kidding himself: it was the power of positive suggestion, not some positive ingestion.’
      • ‘Something that has remained is that nothing is more powerful than the power of suggestion, and these rituals make a person believe that they are free or even guarded from evil.’
      • ‘Human minds are highly susceptible to the power of suggestion and will therefore believe things about themselves that others do not.’
      • ‘I want to say that although you cannot be possessed by demons they can implant thoughts in your mind through suggestion.’
      • ‘It apparently did not occur to Gary that maybe he had tapped into the placebo effect or the power of suggestion.’
      • ‘Should we gloss over them as proof of the power of suggestion to treat psychosomatic illness?’
      • ‘This seems to me remarkable in its power of suggestion.’
      • ‘It was probably some kind of subliminal suggestion in his mind, at the sight of the same kind of demon that he would always associate with Doyle's death.’
      • ‘‘The power of suggestion is a big factor in all medicine,’ he said.’
      • ‘Where usually the power of suggestion would suffice, he delves into the reality of that violence and its consequences without censorship.’
      • ‘An inciter is one who reaches and seeks to influence the mind of another by suggestion, request, proposal, argument, persuasion or inducement.’
      • ‘Individuals so conditioned can merely repeat the thoughts which have been implanted in their minds by suggestion from outside.’
      • ‘You're not asleep, you're not awake; sort of a relaxed state of mind where you're more susceptible to the power of suggestion.’
      • ‘Though it may be the power of suggestion, the firsthand knowledge implanted in the piece is obvious on stage.’
      • ‘It's the power of subconscious suggestion of video clips and violent lyrics.’
      • ‘In some cases, they create the illnesses themselves through their power of suggestion and the receptiveness of their subjects.’
      • ‘However, our study does reveal many interesting psychological factors associated with experimenter suggestion.’
      • ‘Furthermore, it is possible to create false memories in people's minds by suggestion, even false memories of previous lives.’
      • ‘The power of hypnotic suggestion is highly underestimated.’
      • ‘I can laugh about it now, but it taught me a lesson about thinking things out and on the power of expectations and suggestion.’
    5. 1.5Psychology The influencing of a person to accept an idea, belief, or impulse uncritically, especially as a technique in hypnosis or other therapies.
      • ‘Neuroscience has not fully exploited hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion as experimental tools.’
      • ‘You also have devices that can be used to implant ideas through subliminal suggestion.’
      • ‘Previous work also suggests that people who believe in the paranormal may be more likely to be influenced by suggestion than disbelievers.’
      • ‘Freud usually claimed that psychoanalysis was a treatment in which direct influence and suggestion played little part.’
      • ‘Techniques of suggestion are compatible neither with the analytic attitude that Symington describes nor the therapeutic attitude that Cervantes describes.’
    6. 1.6Psychology A belief or impulse induced by suggestion.
      • ‘I have many other reasons to believe that this is a telepathic suggestion.’
      • ‘Under hypnosis, the rational brain is bypassed, and suggestions are made directly to the subconscious mind.’
      • ‘But he did not use hypnosis solely as a means of implanting suggestions of positive health.’
      • ‘These are simply positive suggestions the writer gives to herself while in hypnosis.’
      • ‘When you had that reaction to the emergency broadcast system, we implanted a suggestion in your subconscious.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘an incitement to evil’): via Old French from Latin suggestio(n-), from the verb suggerere (see suggest).