Definition of suggestion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səˈdʒestʃən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈdʒestʃən//
    , also NAmE//səɡˈdʒestʃən//
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  1. 1  [countable] an idea or a plan that you mention for somebody else to think about Can I make a suggestion? Do you have any suggestions? suggestion (for/about/on something) I'd like to hear your suggestions for ways of raising money. Are there any suggestions about how best to tackle the problem? We welcome any comments and suggestions on these proposals. suggestion (that…) He agreed with my suggestion that we should change the date. We are open to suggestions (= willing to listen to ideas from other people). We need to get it there by four. Any suggestions?
  2. 2  [uncountable, countable, usually singular] a reason to think that something, especially something bad, is true synonym hint suggestion of something A spokesman dismissed any suggestion of a boardroom rift. There is no suggestion of any impropriety. suggestion that… There was no suggestion that he was doing anything illegal.
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] a slight amount or sign of something synonym trace She looked at me with just a suggestion of a smile. He spoke English with a suggestion of a French accent.
  4. 4[uncountable] putting an idea into people’s minds by connecting it with other ideas Most advertisements work through suggestion. the power of suggestion
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘an incitement to evil’): via Old French from Latin suggestio(n-), from the verb suggerere, from sub- ‘from below’ + gerere ‘bring’.Extra examples At the suggestion of his boss, he resigned. Can you give us any suggestions for a slogan? Does anyone have any suggestions for a title? Employee suggestion boxes invite raw ideas. He rejected my suggestion as impractical. Her eyes contained a strong suggestion of mischief. I think we might take up the suggestion of printing the books in Hong Kong. I’d appreciate any suggestions you may have. I’m not sure what to do with all this money, but I’m open to suggestions. I’m open to suggestions on how we should proceed. I’ve had several helpful suggestions from colleagues. Management welcomes practical suggestions on how to improve the facilities. May I make a suggestion? May we take you up on your suggestion of sharing the costs for the party? Please send your suggestions via email to… She left the country amid suggestions that she had stolen from the company. There’s no scientific basis to the method—it works by suggestion. These healers claim to remove the pain by the power of suggestion. They dismissed the suggestion that they hadn’t worked hard. They made three specific suggestions. This is a book full of provocative suggestions. We have noted your suggestion and will give it due consideration. analgesia through hypnotic suggestion suggestions for further reading Do you have any suggestions? I’d like to hear your suggestions for ways of raising money. We are open to suggestions. We need to get it there by four. Any suggestions? We welcome any comments or suggestions on these proposals.Idioms
    at/on somebody’s suggestion
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    because somebody suggested it At his suggestion, I bought the more expensive printer.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: suggestion