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 (səg-jĕst′, sə-jĕst′)
tr.v. sug·gest·ed, sug·gest·ing, sug·gests
1. To offer for consideration or action; propose: suggest things for children to do; suggested that we take a walk.
2. To express or say indirectly: The police officer seemed to be suggesting that the death was not an accident.
3. To make evident indirectly; intimate or imply: a silence that suggested disapproval.
4. To bring or call to mind by logic or association; evoke: a cloud that suggests a mushroom; a ringlike symbol suggesting unity.
5. To serve as or provide a motive for; prompt or demand: Such a crime suggests apt punishment.

[Latin suggerere, suggest- : sub-, up; see sub- + gerere, to carry.]

sug·gest′er n.
Synonyms: suggest, imply, hint, intimate2, insinuate
These verbs mean to convey thoughts or ideas by indirection. Suggest refers to the calling of something to mind as the result of an association of ideas: "Are you suggesting that I invited or enticed Kevin here knowing that my husband planned to be away?" (Mary Higgins Clark).
To imply is to suggest a thought or an idea by letting it be inferred from something else, such as a statement, that is more explicit: The effusive praise the professor heaped on one of the students began to imply disapproval of the rest. Hint refers to an oblique or covert suggestion that often contains clues: The news article hinted that his resignation was not voluntary. Intimate applies to indirect, subtle expression that often reflects discretion, tact, or reserve: She intimated that her neighbors were having marital problems. To insinuate is to suggest something, usually something unpleasant, in a covert, sly, and underhanded manner: The columnist insinuated that the candidate raised money unethically.
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(səˈdʒɛst; US səɡˈdʒɛst)
vb (tr; may take a clause as object)
1. to put forward (a plan, idea, etc) for consideration: I 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 ideas: that painting suggests home to me.
3. to give an indirect or vague hint of: his face always suggests his peace of mind.
[C16: from Latin suggerere to bring up, from sub- + gerere to bring]
sugˈgester n
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(səgˈdʒɛst, sə-)

1. to mention, introduce, or propose (an idea, plan, person, etc.) for consideration, possible action, or some purpose or use.
2. (of things) to prompt the consideration, making, doing, etc., of: The open door suggests a hasty exit.
3. to indicate indirectly or without plain expression; imply: Your question suggests that you doubt my sincerity.
4. to call (something) up in the mind through association or natural connection of ideas: The music suggests a still night.
[1520–30; < Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to build up, supply, hint, suggest =sug- sug- + gerere to carry, do, display]
syn: See hint.
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- To suggest something is, etymologically, to "carry it under," from Latin sub-, "under" and gerere, "bring, carry."
See also related terms for suggestion.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


When you suggest something, you mention it as a plan or idea for someone to consider.

Your doctor will probably suggest time off work.
We have to suggest a list of possible topics for next term's seminars.

Be Careful!
Suggest is not usually followed directly by a noun or pronoun referring to a person. You usually have to put the preposition to in front of it. You don't 'suggest someone something'; you suggest something to someone.

Laura first suggested this idea to me.

Don't 'suggest someone to do something' when you mean that you advise them to do it. You suggest that someone does something.

I suggest that he writes her a letter.
I'm not suggesting we leave her here.

In sentences like these, you can also use an infinitive without to in the that-clause. This is a fairly formal use.

He suggested she talk to a psychologist.

The modals might and should are sometimes used. This is a formal use.

He suggested we might go there straight after dinner.
His wife suggested that he should start a school.

Be Careful!
Don't confuse suggest and advise. If you suggest something, you mention it as an idea or plan for someone to think about. If you advise someone to do something, you tell them what you think they should do.

I advised him to leave as soon as possible
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Past participle: suggested
Gerund: suggesting

I suggest
you suggest
he/she/it suggests
we suggest
you suggest
they suggest
I suggested
you suggested
he/she/it suggested
we suggested
you suggested
they suggested
Present Continuous
I am suggesting
you are suggesting
he/she/it is suggesting
we are suggesting
you are suggesting
they are suggesting
Present Perfect
I have suggested
you have suggested
he/she/it has suggested
we have suggested
you have suggested
they have suggested
Past Continuous
I was suggesting
you were suggesting
he/she/it was suggesting
we were suggesting
you were suggesting
they were suggesting
Past Perfect
I had suggested
you had suggested
he/she/it had suggested
we had suggested
you had suggested
they had suggested
I will suggest
you will suggest
he/she/it will suggest
we will suggest
you will suggest
they will suggest
Future Perfect
I will have suggested
you will have suggested
he/she/it will have suggested
we will have suggested
you will have suggested
they will have suggested
Future Continuous
I will be suggesting
you will be suggesting
he/she/it will be suggesting
we will be suggesting
you will be suggesting
they will be suggesting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been suggesting
you have been suggesting
he/she/it has been suggesting
we have been suggesting
you have been suggesting
they have been suggesting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been suggesting
you will have been suggesting
he/she/it will have been suggesting
we will have been suggesting
you will have been suggesting
they will have been suggesting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been suggesting
you had been suggesting
he/she/it had been suggesting
we had been suggesting
you had been suggesting
they had been suggesting
I would suggest
you would suggest
he/she/it would suggest
we would suggest
you would suggest
they would suggest
Past Conditional
I would have suggested
you would have suggested
he/she/it would have suggested
we would have suggested
you would have suggested
they would have suggested
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.suggest - make a proposal, declare a plan for something; "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"
advocate, recommend, urge - push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day"
advance, throw out - bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an argument"
proposition - suggest sex to; "She was propositioned by a stranger at the party"
feed back - respond to a query or outcome
put forward, state, submit, posit - put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
make a motion, move - propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
2.suggest - drop a hint; intimate by a hint
intimate, adumbrate, insinuate - give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
clue in - provide someone with a clue; "Can you clue me in?"
convey - make known; pass on, of information; "She conveyed the message to me"
allude, advert, touch - make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
3.suggest - imply as a possibility; "The evidence suggests a need for more clarification"
imply - suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
make out - imply or suggest; "Your remarks make me out to be stupid"
4.suggest - suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine; "Tetracycline is indicated in such cases"
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
5.suggest - call to mind; "this remark evoked sadness"
evince, express, show - give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
reek, smack, smell - have an element suggestive (of something); "his speeches smacked of racism"; "this passage smells of plagiarism"
incriminate, inculpate, imply - suggest that someone is guilty
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1. recommend, propose, advise, move, table, counsel, advocate, prescribe, put forward, propound, offer a suggestion I suggest you ask him some specific questions about his past.
2. indicate, show, demonstrate, give the impression, lead you to believe The figures suggest that their success is conditional on this restriction.
3. hint at, imply, insinuate, intimate, get at, drive at (informal) What exactly are you suggesting?
4. bring to mind, evoke, remind you of, smack of, connote, make you think of, put you in mind of Its hairy body suggests a mammal.
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1. To state, as an idea, for consideration:
2. To lead to by logical inference:
3. To convey an idea by indirect, subtle means:
Idiom: drop a hint.
4. To have a particular flavor or suggestion of something:
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[səˈdʒest] VT
1. (= propose, put forward) [+ plan, candidate, idea etc] → sugerir, proponer
to suggest sth to sbsugerir algo a algn, proponer algo a algn
I suggested to him that we go out for a drinkle sugerí or propuse ir a tomar algo
I suggested taking her out to dinnerpropuse llevarla a cenar
could you suggest someone to advise me?¿se te ocurre alguien que me pueda aconsejar?
an idea suggested itself (to me)se me ocurrió una idea
nothing suggests itselfno se me ocurre nada
2. (= advise) → aconsejar
we suggest you contact himle aconsejamos que contacte con él
he suggested that they (should) go or that they went to Londonles aconsejó que fueran a Londres
to suggest doing sthaconsejar que se haga algo
3. (= imply) → insinuar
what are you trying to suggest?¿qué insinúas?
I'm not suggesting that the accident was your faultno estoy insinuando que el accidente fuera culpa tuya
it has been suggested thatse ha insinuado que ...
4. (= evoke) → sugerir, hacer pensar en
what does that smell suggest to you?¿qué te sugiere ese olor?, ¿en qué te hace pensar ese olor?
5. (= indicate) → parecer indicar
this suggests thatesto hace pensar que ...
the coins suggest a Roman settlementlas monedas parecen indicar or nos hacen pensar que era una colonia romana
it doesn't exactly suggest a careful manno parece indicar que sea un hombre cauteloso
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[səˈdʒɛst] vt
(= propose) → suggérer
I suggested they set off early → Je leur ai suggéré de partir de bonne heure.
What do you suggest I do? → Que me suggérez-vous de faire?
to suggest doing sth → suggérer de faire qch
I suggested taking her out to dinner → J'ai suggéré de l'emmener dîner quelque part.
(= recommend) → suggérer
Can you suggest someone to advise me? → Pouvez-vous me suggérer quelqu'un pour me conseiller?
(= imply) → insinuer
I'm not suggesting that is what is happening → Je n'insinue pas que c'est ce qui se passe.
(= indicate) → suggérer
Earlier reports suggested a meeting would take place on Sunday → Les rapports précédents suggéraient qu'une rencontre aurait lieu dimanche.
(= evoke) → suggérer
What does this word suggest to you? → Qu'est-ce que ce mot vous suggère?
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(= propose) candidate, place, idea etcvorschlagen; I suggest that we go, I suggest goingich schlage vor, zu gehen or (dass) wir gehen; what do you suggest we do?was schlagen Sie vor?; are you suggesting I should tell a deliberate lie?soll das heißen, dass ich bewusst lügen soll?; I am suggesting nothing of the kinddas habe ich nicht gesagt
(= put forward for consideration) explanation, theorynahelegen, vorbringen; I suggest (to you) that … (esp Jur) → ich möchte (Ihnen) nahelegen, dass …
(= insinuate, hint at)andeuten; (unpleasantly) → unterstellen; what are you trying to suggest?worauf wollen Sie hinaus?, was wollen Sie damit sagen?; I’m not trying to suggest that he’s lyingich will damit nicht unterstellen or sagen, dass er lügt
(= indicate, facts, data, sb’s action) → andeuten, hindeuten auf (+acc); (= evoke, music, poem) → denken lassen an (+acc); (symbolism, colours) → andeuten; it certainly suggests complicitydas deutet zweifellos auf Mittäterschaft hin; the symptoms would suggest an operationdie Symptome lassen eine Operation angeraten erscheinen
(Psych) to suggest something to somebodyjdm etw suggerieren
vr (idea, thought, plan) → sich aufdrängen, sich anbieten
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[səˈdʒɛst] vt (gen) → suggerire, proporre; (evoke) → indicare, far pensare a
to suggest doing sth → proporre or suggerire di fare qc
it was you who suggested coming → sei stato tu a voler venire
he suggested (that) they should come too → ha proposto or suggerito che venissero anche loro
this suggests that ... → questo fa pensare or indica che...
what are you trying to suggest? → cosa stai cercando di insinuare?
nothing suggests itself → non mi viene in mente niente
what do you suggest I do? → cosa mi suggerisci di fare?
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(səˈdʒest) , ((American also) səg-) verb
1. to put (an idea etc) before another person etc for consideration; to propose. He suggested a different plan; I suggest doing it a different way; She suggested to me one or two suitable people for the committee; I suggest that we have lunch now.
2. to put (an idea etc) into a person's mind; to hint. Are you suggesting that I'm too old for the job?; An explanation suddenly suggested itself to me.
sugˈgestion (-tʃən) noun
1. the act of suggesting.
2. something that is suggested; a proposal or idea. Has anyone any other suggestions to make?; What a clever suggestion!
3. a slight trace or sign. There was a suggestion of boredom in his tone.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


يَقْتَرِحُ navrhnout foreslå vorschlagen υπονοώ sugerir ehdottaa suggérer predložiti suggerire 提案する 제안하다 suggereren foreslå zasugerować sugerir предлагать föreslå แนะนำ önermek gợi ý 建议
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vt. sugerir, indicar, aconsejar.
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Experience has suggested the brief introductory statement of main literary principles, too often taken for granted by teachers, with much resulting haziness in the student's mind.
"We ought to make some New Year resolutions," suggested the Story Girl.
"Possibly your forest man, himself was captured or killed by the savages," suggested Captain Dufranne.
I wandered about looking at the pictures I knew so well, and let my fancy play idly with the emotions they suggested. I sauntered into the long gallery, and there suddenly saw Stroeve.
There can be no doubt that the Odyssean line was suggested by the Iliadic, but nothing can explain why Idaeus jumping from his chariot should suggest to the writer of the "Odyssey" the sun jumping from the sea.
We took our bearings with our crude and inaccurate instruments; we searched the chart; we cudgeled our brains; and at last it was Bradley who suggested a solution.
"Well, you'd better go home now, and perhaps the old lady will make you another pair," suggested Dorothy.
Some wanted it to be simply "my Lord," others held out for "your Dukeness," and still others preferred "my Sovereign Liege." Finally the gorgeous jewel of the order, gleaming upon the breast of every member, suggested "your Badgesty," which was adopted, and the order became popularly known as the Kings of Catarrh.
I heard that a distinguished wise man and reformer asked him if he did not want the world to be changed; but he answered with a chuckle of surprise in his Canadian accent, not knowing that the question had ever been entertained before, "No, I like it well enough." It would have suggested many things to a philosopher to have dealings with him.
A LION roaming by the seashore saw a Dolphin lift up its head out of the waves, and suggested that they contract an alliance, saying that of all the animals they ought to be the best friends, since the one was the king of beasts on the earth, and the other was the sovereign ruler of all the inhabitants of the ocean.
Carey, acting as the correspondent for his guardian's views, suggested that it was time for him to come back to England, he agreed with enthusiasm.
I cannot say with truth that the terrible inference which those words suggested flashed upon me like a new revelation.