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verb [transitive]     suggest pronunciation in American English
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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 movie.

    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 appropriate 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 ocean.

      suggest (that):

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

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  4. 4
    formal to remind you of something
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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