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noun suggestion pronunciation in British English /səˈdʒestʃ(ə)n/ 
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] an idea or plan that you offer for someone to consider

    If you're looking for last-minute Christmas presents, here are some suggestions.

    suggestion that:

    The committee rejected a suggestion that share options should be offered to junior employees.

    suggestion for/about:

    He had some good suggestions for making improvements in our service.

    make/offer a suggestion:

    Could I make a few suggestions about the way your essay is structured?

    open to suggestions (=willing to consider suggestions):

    We have a few ideas for the show, but we're open to suggestions.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of suggestion
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the act of suggesting something
      at someone's suggestion:

      It was at Larry's suggestion that I attended the meeting.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of suggestion
  2. 2
    [singular] the possibility that something is true, or evidence showing that something may be true

    There is no suggestion that the plan will adversely affect employment in the city.

    suggestion that:

    The government rejected any suggestion that it was to blame.

    suggestion of:

    They dismissed any suggestion of a link between factory emissions and acid rain.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of suggestion
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the action of influencing someone to make a mental connection between one thing and another

    The success of advertising depends on the power of suggestion.

  4. 4
    [singular] a small sign of something
    suggestion of:

    There was a suggestion of rain in the air.


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