- 1 to 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. (British English also) It has been suggested that bright children should take their exams early. Express YourselfMaking suggestionsThere are various ways of putting forward your suggestions: How about going out for a walk on Saturday? Shall we ask Sarah to come along? (British English or formal, North American English) Should we ask Sarah to come along? (especially North American English) We could go a bit earlier and have a drink first, if you like. What do you think of the idea of sending this to the Research Department? Why don't you try calling his landline? Why not just wait until they come back? Why not simply explain your problem to them and see what they say? (British English or formal, North American English) More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet. Language BankargueVerbs for reporting an opinion Some critics argue that Picasso remained a great master all his life. Others maintain that there is a significant deterioration in quality in his post-war work. 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 Picasso’s painting was influenced by jazz music.
- 2 to tell somebody 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 Paris 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 to put an idea into somebody’s mind; to make somebody 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? See related entries: Experiments and research
- 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. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin suggest-
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BrE BrE//səˈdʒest//; NAmE NAmE//səˈdʒest//, also NAmE//səɡˈdʒest//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suggest
BrE BrE//səˈdʒest//; NAmE NAmE//səˈdʒest//, also NAmE//səɡˈdʒest//he / she / it suggests
BrE BrE//səˈdʒests//; NAmE NAmE//səˈdʒests//, NAmE//səɡˈdʒests//past simple suggested
BrE BrE//səˈdʒestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səˈdʒestɪd//, NAmE//səɡˈdʒestɪd//past participle suggested
BrE BrE//səˈdʒestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səˈdʒestɪd//, NAmE//səɡˈdʒestɪd//-ing form suggesting
BrE BrE//səˈdʒestɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//səˈdʒestɪŋ//, NAmE//səɡˈdʒestɪŋ//Experiments and research