Suggest Sug*gest", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suggested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suggesting}.] [L. suggestus, p. p. of suggerere to put under, furnish, suggest; sub under + gerere to carry, to bring. See {Jest}.] 1. To introduce indirectly to the thoughts; to cause to be thought of, usually by the agency of other objects. [1913 Webster]

Some ideas . . . are suggested to the mind by all the ways of sensation and reflection. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. To propose with difference or modesty; to hint; to intimate; as, to suggest a difficulty. [1913 Webster]

3. To seduce; to prompt to evil; to tempt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To inform secretly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: To hint; allude to; refer to; insinuate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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