American English

Definition of suggest verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//səˈdʒɛst//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suggest
    he / she / it suggests
    past simple suggested
    -ing form suggesting
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  1. 1to put forward an idea or a plan for other people to think about synonym propose suggest something (to somebody) May I suggest a white wine with this dish, Sir? suggest itself (to somebody) A solution immediately suggested itself to me (= I immediately thought of a solution). suggest (that)… I suggest (that) we go out to eat. suggest doing something I suggested going in my car. it is suggested that… It has been suggested that bright children take their exams early. Language Bankargueverbs for reporting an opinion Some critics argue that Picasso remained a great master all his life. Others maintain that his post-war work showed a significant deterioration in quality. Picasso himself claimed that good art is created, but great art is stolen. As Smith has noted, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. As the author points out, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. The writer challenges the notion that Picasso's sculpture was secondary to his painting. It has been suggested that/Sanchez suggests that Picasso's painting was influenced by jazz music.
  2. 2to tell someone about a suitable person, thing, method, etc. for a particular job or purpose synonym recommend suggest somebody/something for something Who would you suggest for the job? suggest somebody/something as something She suggested Denver as a good place for the conference. suggest somebody/something Can you suggest a good dictionary? You cannot “suggest somebody something”:Can you suggest me a good dictionary? suggest how, what, etc… Can you suggest how I might contact him?
  3. 3to put an idea into someone's mind; to make someone think that something is true synonym indicate suggest (that)… All the evidence suggests (that) he stole the money. suggest something The symptoms suggest a minor heart attack. The stage lighting was used to suggest a beach scene. suggest something to somebody What do these results suggest to you?
  4. 4to state something indirectly synonym imply suggest (that)… Are you suggesting (that) I'm lazy? I'm not suggesting (that) she was responsible for the accident. suggest something I would never suggest such a thing.
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