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sug·gest

suggest

 
 
pronunciation:
s jest [or] sg jest
grammatical pattern:
verb + that + subj., verb + gerund, verb + to smby + that, verb + that, verb + WH + clause
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: suggests, suggesting, suggested
definition 1: to put forth for consideration; propose.
The guidance counselor suggested several options.He suggested that they go to lunch now and resume the meeting later.[verb + that + subj. ] I suggested that he limit the letter to one typed page.[verb + that + subj. ] She suggested getting outside help on the project, but nobody listened.[verb + gerund ] Has anyone suggested scrapping the idea and starting all over again?[verb + gerund ] The doctor suggested to her that she keep a food diary.[verb + to smby + that ]
synonyms:
advance, offer, proffer, propose, propound
similar words:
advise, advocate, bid, counsel, introduce, pose, present, raise, recommend, submit, tender, urge
definition 2: to propose as suitable for some purpose.
I suggested light blue for the curtains.Can you suggest a good dentist in the area?
synonyms:
counsel, recommend
similar words:
advise, advocate, prefer, promote, propose, submit, urge
definition 3: to state as a possibility or bring to mind indirectly; imply.
By that remark, are you suggesting that I'm stingy?[verb + that ] This passage in the story suggests a deeper meaning.The results of the study suggest that this gene is the trigger.[verb + that ] This new evidence suggests how the crime might have been committed.[verb + WH + clause ] The condition of the paint suggested to the expert that the painting might be a fake.[verb + to smby + that ]
synonyms:
imply, intimate
antonyms:
manifest
similar words:
connote, hint, indicate, insinuate, pose, say
definition 4: to call to mind by analogy or association.
The gnarly tree trunk suggested the face of a monster.These brush strokes suggest movement of the water.What do these images suggest to you?
synonyms:
evoke
similar words:
mimic, recall, resemble
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derivations: suggestingly (adv.), suggester (n.)
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