Meaning of SUGGEST in English


1. to suggest something

2. to make a formal suggestion in a meeting, report etc

3. to suggest someone as a suitable person for a job or official position

4. something that someone suggests

5. what you say to suggest something


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1. to suggest something

▷ suggest /səˈdʒestǁsəg-/ [transitive verb]

to tell someone your idea about what they should do, where they should go etc, or about what you and they should do together :

▪ ‘Why don’t you come with us?’ Alan suggested.

▪ It was a sunny afternoon, and Jim suggested a trip to the beach.

suggest (that)

▪ My Dad suggested that I should apply for the job.

▪ I suggest we take a break and finish this later.

suggest doing something

▪ It was raining heavily, and she suggested calling a taxi.

suggest where/how/when etc

▪ Can you suggest where we might be able to get a decent meal?

▷ make a suggestion /ˌmeɪk ə səˈdʒestʃ ə nǁ-səg-/ [verb phrase]

to suggest something that you think will help someone or will solve a problem :

▪ Mr Chairman - may I make a suggestion?

▪ One day her mother made a suggestion. ‘Why don’t you come back and live with your father and me?’

▪ A professional consultant will make suggestions about the most suitable clients to approach for your particular type of work.

▷ recommend /ˌrekəˈmend/ [transitive verb]

to suggest something to someone because you know that it is good and you are sure that they will like it :

▪ Can you recommend a good hotel near here?

recommend something to somebody

▪ Corfu was wonderful - I’d recommend it to anyone.

be highly recommended

people say that it is very good

▪ The hotel’s restaurant comes highly recommended.

2. to make a formal suggestion in a meeting, report etc

▷ propose /prəˈpəʊz/ [transitive verb]

to formally suggest that something should be done, especially at a meeting :

▪ The Russians proposed a treaty banning all nuclear tests.

propose (that)

▪ I propose that we discuss this at the next meeting.

▷ recommend /ˌrekəˈmend/ [transitive verb]

to officially suggest that something should be done, after you have considered the situation carefully :

▪ The report recommends a number of changes in the existing law.

recommend that

▪ The directors are recommending that shareholders accept Baldwin’s offer.

▷ put forward /ˌpʊt ˈfɔːʳwəʳd/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to suggest plans, proposals etc, especially in order to start discussions about something that needs to be decided :

▪ The United Nations has put forward a peace plan that it hopes will form the basis for discussions.

▪ Management initially put forward a number of proposals which were wholly unacceptable to the union.

▷ put something to/before /ˈpʊt something tuː, bɪˌfɔːʳ somebody/ [verb phrase]

to offer a group something such as a proposal or plan which they can accept or refuse :

▪ The Government has spent £1 million on putting its case to the public.

▪ We’re going to put our plans before the committee on Monday and we’ll just have to hope that they are approved.

▷ float /fləʊt/ [transitive verb not usually in progressive]

float an idea/plan etc

to suggest an idea, plan etc in order to find out what other people think about it :

▪ The administration had floated the idea of increased taxes on beer, spirits and tobacco.

▪ The following month, David floated the possibility of launching a new TV company.

▷ submit /səbˈmɪt/ [transitive verb]

to offer a proposal, application etc so that an official person or group can consider it and decide whether to accept it :

▪ Applications for planning permission must be submitted before noon tomorrow.

submit something to somebody

▪ We have submitted proposals for a new pay structure to the board of management.

▷ present /prɪˈzent/ [transitive verb]

to explain your ideas or plans to an official group so that they can decide whether to accept them :

▪ We shall give you reasonable time to prepare and present your proposals.

present something to somebody

▪ Ms Rogers will present her ideas to the Board at next week’s meeting.

present somebody with something

▪ We have been presented with a number of plans and will give careful consideration to all of them.

▷ be mooted /biː ˈmuːtə̇d/ [verb phrase]

if an idea or plan is mooted, it is suggested as something that could be done :

▪ The scheme was first mooted two years ago.

be mooted for

▪ A 3,000 house development has been mooted for the disused airfield.

3. to suggest someone as a suitable person for a job or official position

▷ suggest /səˈdʒestǁsəg-/ [transitive verb]

▪ All members are invited to suggest names.

suggest somebody for something

▪ Robert suggested his son for the vacant directorship.

▷ recommend /ˌrekəˈmend/ [transitive verb]

to suggest someone you know personally as suitable for a job or position, because you think they would do a good job :

▪ Ask friends to recommend babysitters. That’s the safest way.

▪ The first applicant was recommended by a friend of the boss.

recommend somebody for something

▪ Who would you recommend for this job, Stuart?

▷ put somebody’s name forward /ˌpʊt somebodyˈs ˈneɪm fɔːʳwəʳd/ [verb phrase]

to formally suggest someone, usually in writing, to be elected to an official or political position :

▪ The local Democratic party has put several names forward.

put sb’s name forward for

▪ The opposition leader announced that he would not be putting his name forward for re-election at the party’s annual conference.

▷ nominate /ˈnɒmɪneɪt, ˈnɒməneɪtǁˈnɑː-/ [transitive verb]

to suggest someone for an important job or prize, especially when people will vote to make a decision :

▪ We need a treasurer. Does anyone want to nominate somebody?

nominate somebody for something

▪ Jane Campion was one of the people nominated for the ‘Best Director’ award.

nominate somebody as something

▪ It was expected that he would nominate Bramwell as his successor.

nominate somebody to something

▪ The President has power to nominate people to certain key offices, including judge of the Supreme Court.

nomination /ˌnɒmɪˈneɪʃ ə n, ˌnɒməˈneɪʃ ə nǁˌnɑː-/ [countable/uncountable noun]

▪ His nomination as chief executive was approved by the board.

▪ the Democratic nomination for President the person nominated by the Democrats

▷ propose /prəˈpəʊz/ [transitive verb]

to formally suggest someone for an official position :

▪ At the last meeting, Mrs Williams was proposed by several members.

propose for

▪ I would like to propose Mr Harrison for the position of Party Treasurer.

4. something that someone suggests

▷ suggestion /səˈdʒestʃ ə nǁsəg-/ [countable noun]

something that someone suggests :

▪ We welcome any suggestions from our viewers as to how to improve our service.

make a suggestion

▪ She made some useful suggestions about places we could visit.

have a suggestion

want to make a suggestion

▪ Does anyone have any other suggestions?

suggestion about

▪ We liked your suggestion about changing the timetable.

suggestion that

▪ Barry ignored my suggestion that he should try phoning her again.

open to suggestions

willing to listen to ideas

▪ You must be flexible and open to suggestions in this job.

▷ proposal /prəˈpəʊz ə l/ [countable noun]

a formal or official suggestion that something should be done :

▪ They will consider our proposal at their next meeting.

put forward a proposal

make one

▪ Their role is to put forward proposals for change.

proposal to do something

▪ Their proposal to build a new airport has finally been rejected.

proposal for

▪ They forwarded a list of proposals for the safe disposal of nuclear waste.

▷ recommendation /ˌrekəmenˈdeɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

a suggestion made, for example, by an official person or group, especially a suggestion that is contained in a report :

make a recommendation

▪ The consultants have made several very good and valid recommendations.

accept a recommendation

▪ We accept that recommendation and will act on it as soon as possible.

on somebody’s recommendation

because someone has recommended it

▪ I bought the house on the realtor’s recommendation and have regretted it ever since.

▷ proposition /ˌprɒpəˈzɪʃ ə nǁˌprɑː-/ [countable noun]

a plan of action that is suggested, especially in business or politics :

▪ I’ll consider your proposition and let you know.

▪ We are prepared to look at any reasonable proposition from the council.

make a proposition

▪ I have a proposition to make.

5. what you say to suggest something

▷ can/may I make a suggestion /ˌkæn, ˌmeɪ aɪ ˌmeɪk ə səˈdʒestʃ ə nǁ-səg-/

use this to suggest something politely, especially when you think someone may be making a mistake :

▪ Can I make a suggestion? Try adding a little more flour.

▪ May I make a suggestion? I think we should stop and look at the map.

▷ I propose (that) /aɪ prəˈpəʊz (ðət)/ spoken

use this for formally suggesting something that you think should be done, especially at a meeting :

▪ I propose that we continue this meeting tomorrow.

▷ why don’t you/we/I etc /ˈwaɪ dəʊnt juː/ informal

say this when you think it would be a good idea to do something :

▪ Why don’t you wait for me downstairs? I won’t be long.

▪ If David wants someone to go with him, why doesn’t he ask Jacky? I’m sure she’d enjoy it.

▪ Why don’t we go watch a movie tonight?

▷ how about/what about /ˈhaʊ əbaʊt, ˈwɒt əbaʊt/ informal

use this to suggest something or offer something :

▪ ‘How about a brandy?’ said Tom.

▪ What about going out for lunch one day next week? When are you free?

▷ maybe/perhaps /ˈmeɪbi, pəʳˈhæps/ [adverb] spoken

use this to suggest something in a gentle way :

▪ Maybe we should try again tomorrow.

▪ Perhaps you ought to introduce her to my son. They should get on well.

▷ let’s /lets/

let’s go/have/do etc

use this when you want to suggest something that you and the people you are with should do :

▪ Come on, let’s dance.

▪ We both need a break. Let’s go away for the weekend.

let’s not

▪ Let’s not argue on our anniversary.

don’t let’s (British)

▪ Come on, don’t let’s waste any more time here.

▷ we may as well /wiː ˌmeɪ əz ˈwel/

use this to suggest something that is not very interesting or exciting, when you do not have any better ideas :

▪ It’s too late to go to the movies so we may as well watch TV.

▪ I think we might as well buy this one. We’re not going to find anything cheaper.

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