Etymology: Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to pile up, furnish, suggest, from sub- + gerere to carry
a. obsolete to seek to influence ; seduce
b. to call forth ; evoke
c. to mention or imply as a possibility <suggested that he might bring his family> d. to propose as desirable or fitting <suggest a stroll> e. to offer for consideration or as a hypothesis <suggest a solution to a problem> 2. a. to call to mind by thought or association <the explosion…suggested sabotage — F. L. Paxson> b. to serve as a motive or inspiration for <a play suggested by a historic incident> • suggester noun Synonyms: suggest, imply, hint, intimate, insinuate mean to convey an idea indirectly. suggest may stress putting into the mind by association of ideas, awakening of a desire, or initiating a train of thought <a film title that suggests its subject matter>. imply is close to suggest but may indicate a more definite or logical relation of the unexpressed idea to the expressed <measures implying that bankruptcy was imminent>. hint implies the use of slight or remote suggestion with a minimum of overt statement <hinted that she might get the job>. intimate stresses delicacy of suggestion without connoting any lack of candor <intimates that there is more to the situation than meets the eye>. insinuate applies to the conveying of a usually unpleasant idea in a sly underhanded manner <insinuated that there were shady dealings>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.