Other forms: suggested; suggests; suggesting

To suggest is to propose or hint. If you suggest going out for ice cream, nobody's going to object. If you suggest that your sister should get the frozen yogurt instead, she might think you are suggesting something about her weight.

The verb suggest is also used when people speak about scientific research. Experimental results are often used to suggest whether a theory might be correct. For example, if a patient takes a new drug and starts feeling better, that will suggest the drug is working. Suggest can also mean to drop a hint. If you find a polite way to suggest that the pot roast is inedible, you don't come out and declare it directly. You wouldn't want to hurt Mom's feelings.

Definitions of suggest
  1. verb
    make a proposal; declare a plan for something
    synonyms: advise, propose
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    advocate, recommend, urge
    push for something
    advance, throw out
    bring forward for consideration or acceptance
    suggest sex to
    feed back
    respond to a query or outcome
    posit, put forward, state, submit
    put before
    make a motion, move
    propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
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    state emphatically and authoritatively
  2. verb
    call to mind
    synonyms: evoke, paint a picture
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    reek, smack, smell
    have an element suggestive (of something)
    imply, incriminate, inculpate
    suggest that someone is guilty
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    evince, express, show
    give expression to
  3. verb
    imply as a possibility
    “The evidence suggests a need for more clarification”
    synonyms: intimate
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    make out
    imply or suggest
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    suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic
  4. verb
    drop a hint; intimate by a hint
    synonyms: hint
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    adumbrate, insinuate, intimate
    give to understand
    clue in
    provide someone with a clue
    advert, allude, touch
    make a more or less disguised reference to
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    make known; pass on, of information
  5. verb
    suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine
    synonyms: indicate
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    make a treatment inadvisable
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    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to




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