suggest
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /səˈdʒɛst/
  • (America) IPA: /sə(ɡ)ˈdʒɛst/

Verb

suggest (suggests, present participle suggesting; past and past participle suggested)

  1. (transitive) To imply but stop short of saying explicitly.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      , Book II, Chapter III
      Some ideas […] are suggested to the mind by all the ways of sensation and reflection.
    Are you suggesting that I killed my wife?
  2. To make one suppose; cause one to suppose (something).
    The name "hamburger" suggests that hamburgers originated from Hamburg.
  3. (transitive) To mention something as an idea, typically in order to recommend it
    I’d like to suggest that we go out to lunch.   I’d like to suggest going out to lunch.
    The guidebook suggests that we visit the local cathedral, which is apparently beautiful.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To seduce; to prompt to evil; to tempt.
    • c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested.
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