verb (used with object)
- to mention or introduce (an idea, proposition, plan, etc.) for consideration or possible action: The architect suggested that the building be restored.
- to propose (a person or thing) as suitable or possible for some purpose: We suggested him for president.
- (of things) to prompt the consideration, making, doing, etc., of: The glove suggests that she was at the scene of the crime.
- to bring before a person’s mind indirectly or without plain expression: I didn’t tell him to leave, I only suggested it.
- to call (something) up in the mind through association or natural connection of ideas: The music suggests a still night.
verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
- to put forward (a plan, idea, etc) for considerationI suggest Smith for the post; a plan suggested itself
- to evoke (a person, thing, etc) in the mind of someone by the association of ideasthat painting suggests home to me
- to give an indirect or vague hint ofhis face always suggests his peace of mind
v.1520s, from Latin suggestus, past participle of suggerere (see suggestion). Related: Suggested; suggesting.