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verb [transitive] suggest pronunciation in British English /səˈdʒest/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesuggesting
past tensesuggested
past participlesuggested
  1. 1
    to offer an idea or a plan for someone to consider

    The report suggested various ways in which the service could be improved.

    suggest (that):

    I suggest we have dinner first, and then watch the film.

    suggest what/why/where etc:

    Can anyone suggest what we should do to increase sales?

    suggest doing something:

    If there is a mechanical problem, we suggest contacting the manufacturer directly.

  2. 2
    to tell someone about something that may be useful or suitable for a particular purpose

    Can you suggest an inexpensive restaurant?

    The doctor suggested rest as an alternative to surgery.

  3. 3
    to say that something is likely to exist or to be true

    The cause of the problem, as Hutton suggests, is the leadership’s refusal to accept any form of criticism.

    suggest (that):

    Are you seriously suggesting she did this on purpose?

    suggest (that):

    I’m not suggesting that giving up smoking will be easy.

    1. a.
      to make you think that something is likely to exist or to be true

      As its name suggests, the Carlton Beach Hotel is situated near the sea.

      Evidence suggests a link between asthma and pollution.

      suggest (that):

      Recent research suggests that the drug may be beneficial to people with muscular disorders.



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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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