American English

Definition of suggestion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//səˈdʒɛstʃən//
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  1. 1[countable] an idea or a plan that you mention for someone else to think about Can Imake 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. Idioms
    at/on somebody's suggestion
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    because someone suggested it At his suggestion, I bought the more expensive printer.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: suggestion