transitive verb Etymology: Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere to pile up, furnish, suggest, from sub- + gerere to carry Date: 1526 1. 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.


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  • Suggest — Sug*gest , v. i. To make suggestions; to tempt. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And ever weaker grows through acted crime, Or seeming genial, venial fault, Recurring and suggesting still. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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