transitive verb sug·gest \səg-ˈjest, sə-ˈjest\

: to mention (something) as a possible thing to be done, used, thought about, etc.

: to say that (someone or something) is good or deserves to be chosen

: to show that (something) is likely or true : to indicate (something) usually without showing it in a direct or certain way

Full Definition of SUGGEST

a obsolete :  to seek to influence :  seduce
b :  to call forth :  evoke
c :  to mention or imply as a possibility <suggested that he might bring his family>
d :  to propose as desirable or fitting <suggest a stroll>
e :  to offer for consideration or as a hypothesis <suggest a solution to a problem>
a :  to call to mind by thought or association <the explosion…suggested sabotage — F. L. Paxson>
b :  to serve as a motive or inspiration for <a play suggested by a historic incident>
sug·gest·er noun

Origin of SUGGEST

Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to pile up, furnish, suggest, from sub- + gerere to carry
First Known Use: 1526

Synonym Discussion of SUGGEST

suggest, imply, hint, intimate, insinuate mean to convey an idea indirectly. suggest may stress putting into the mind by association of ideas, awakening of a desire, or initiating a train of thought <a film title that suggests its subject matter>. imply is close to suggest but may indicate a more definite or logical relation of the unexpressed idea to the expressed <measures implying that bankruptcy was imminent>. hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement <hinted that she might get the job>. intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor <intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye>. insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner <insinuated that there were shady dealings>.
SUGGEST Defined for Kids


verb sug·gest \səg-ˈjest, sə-ˈjest\

Definition of SUGGEST for Kids

:  to put (as a thought or desire) into a person's mind <Are you suggesting I'm wrong?>
:  to recommend as being worthy of accepting or doing <“I suggest we go,” said his lawyer with a sense of urgency … — Louis Sachar, Holes>
:  to call to mind through close connection or association <Smoke suggests fire.>


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