Meaning of SUGGEST in English

sə(g)ˈjest verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to put under, heap up, furnish, suggest, from sub- + gerere to bear, wage — more at cast

transitive verb

1. : to put (as an idea, proposition, or impulse) into the mind: as

a. obsolete

(1) : to seek to influence the mind of : urge

two spirits do suggest me still — Shakespeare

(2) : to insinuate especially an evil or false thought into the mind of : tempt , seduce

what serpent hath suggested thee — Shakespeare

b. : to call forth (as a desire or mood) : arouse , evoke

indirectly suggest the desired attitude — Dorothy Barclay

the pleasant voice that enticed and suggested the most improbable falsehoods from witnesses — Rose Macaulay

c. : to mention (something) as a possibility : put foward by implication : hint , intimate

suggest that a change of government is necessary

suggest strongly … that he bring his wife along for the interview — W.H.Whyte

d. : to propose (something) as desirable or fitting

suggest a stroll after lunch

suggested several thesis subjects

suggested … a special committee to work on plans for a possible settlement — New Republic

e. : to offer (as an idea or theory) for consideration : present as a hypothesis : theorize

this, I suggest , is what happened

suggested the conception of poetry as a living whole — T.S.Eliot

suggests other reasons why music is powerful in the building … of personality — H.A.Overstreet


a. : to call or bring to mind (as an idea, mood, or object) by a process of logical thought or natural association of ideas : give rise to the idea of : evoke

the explosion … suggested sabotage — F.L.Paxson

the scientist suggests an ant, putting forth great efforts to lug one … apparently unimportant grain of sand — Oliver La Farge

a setting which is brilliantly suggested — Times Literary Supplement

the folk customs that suggest themselves for study — Phyllis Greenacre

b. : to serve as an incentive, motive, or reason for : inspire , prompt

a short story suggested by an actual incident

television may suggest new forms and expression — Leslie Rees

this incident suggests significant reflections — M.R.Cohen

physical comfort … suggests that students shall occupy alternate seats — College of William & Mary Cat.

3. : to give an indication or impression of : imply the presence of : adumbrate , shadow

open gambling that suggested collusion with public officials

his impulsive gestures suggested a passion he had never shown to her — Morley Callaghan

admirable works, yet they suggested … aloofness from the sordid realities — V.L.Parrington

intransitive verb

1. obsolete : to work insidiously upon a person's mind : tempt

devils … do suggest at first with heavenly shows — Shakespeare

2. : to arouse ideas or feelings by a process of association


imply , hint , intimate , insinuate : suggest may involve communicating or implanting an idea by calling attention to some notion likely to be associated with it by starting a mental association naturally leading to the notion in question

the business of words in prose is primarily to state; in poetry, not only to state, but also (and sometimes primarily) to suggest — J.L.Lowes

a steamer on the Thames or lines of telegraph inevitably suggest the benefits of civilization, man's triumph over Nature — L.P.Smith

imply is close to suggest in denotation and connotation; it differs in seeming to require more analytical or systematic inference to grasp the implied meaning

had always implied that there had been something irregular in Dr. Winter's accounts — Edith Wharton

an era when the scientific point of view no longer implies this determinism — Edmund Wilson

hint refers to communication by slight, indirect, or covert suggestion, with a minimum of straightforward implicit expression

as thou with wary speech … hast hinted — John Keats

repeatedly hinted at in political thought — Alex Comfort

intimate may stress delicacy as contrasted with blunt forthrightness in expression

intimated that there had been danger in his coming just then — Arnold Bennett

“I never put it so strong as that,” said the old lady, looking rather shocked. She had intimated as much many times — Archibald Marshall

insinuate often indicates covert indirect reference artfully introduced and usually calculated to depreciate or denigrate

the insinuated scoff of coward tongues — William Wordsworth

the voice that insinuates that Jews and Negroes and Catholics are inferior excrescences on our body politic — Max Lerner

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.