An example of suggest is when you propose that someone might want to go to the store.
- to mention as something to think over, act on, etc.; bring to the mind for consideration
- to bring or call to mind through association of ideas: objects suggested by the shapes of clouds
- to propose as a possibility: to suggest a course of study
- to show indirectly; imply; intimate: a silence that suggested agreement
- to serve as a motive for; prompt: a success that suggested further attempts
Origin of suggestfrom Classical Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere, to carry or lay under, furnish from sub-, sub- + gerere, to carry
transitive verbsug·gest·ed, sug·gest·ing, sug·gests
- To offer for consideration or action; propose: suggest things for children to do; suggested that we take a walk.
- To express or say indirectly: The police officer seemed to be suggesting that the death was not an accident.
- To make evident indirectly; intimate or imply: a silence that suggested disapproval.
- To bring or call to mind by logic or association; evoke: a cloud that suggests a mushroom; a ringlike symbol suggesting unity.
- To serve as or provide a motive for; prompt or demand: Such a crime suggests apt punishment.
Origin of suggestLatin suggerere suggest- sub- up ; see sub- . gerere to carry
(third-person singular simple present suggests, present participle suggesting, simple past and past participle suggested)
- To imply but stop short of saying explicitly.
- Are you suggesting that I killed my wife?
- To make one suppose; cause one to suppose (something).
- The name "hamburger" suggests that hamburgers originated from Hamburg.
- To ask for without demanding.
- I'd like to suggest that we go out to lunch. I'd like to suggest going out to lunch.
- To recommend.
- The guidebook suggests that we visit the local cathedral, which is apparently beautiful.