1 propose sth/state sth indirectly
highly (esp. AmE), strongly

I strongly suggest keeping personal and business accounts separate.


I tentatively suggested that she might be happier working somewhere else.

gently, humbly, politely, respectfully, tactfully

I would respectfully suggest a different explanation for the company's decline.


You're not seriously suggesting that is a plausible explanation?


‘We could go for a drive.’ Nate suggested hopefully.


‘Shall I tell them you're unwell?’ Alice suggested helpfully.

falsely, rightly
initially, originally, previously

I am merely suggesting that there is more than one way to view this matter.

seem reasonable to

It seems reasonable to suggest that all life forms on earth share a common origin.

be far-fetched to, seem far-fetched to

It is not far-fetched to suggest a connection between them.

be wrong to
be tempting to
dare (to)

How dare you suggest such a thing?

hesitate to
not mean to

I do not mean to suggest that the poem is purely biographical.


She suggested John as chairman.


Who would you suggest for the job?


He suggested to the committee that they delay making a decision.

can I suggest … , I suggest … , I would suggest … , may I suggest … 

I would suggest that you see your doctor about this.

2 show sth in an indirect way
certainly, clearly, strongly

The evidence suggests quite strongly that the fire was caused by an explosion.

implicitly, indirectly

The novel implicitly suggests that racism can explain the murder.


The evidence suggests otherwise.

seem to

The evidence seems to suggest that he did steal the money.

be meant to

The ending is meant to suggest a form of redemption.

Suggest is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑argument, ↑article, ↑author, ↑common sense, ↑critic, ↑data, ↑detail, ↑difference, ↑document, ↑essay, ↑estimate, ↑evidence, ↑examination, ↑example, ↑experience, ↑experiment, ↑expert, ↑explanation, ↑expression, ↑figure, ↑finding, ↑forecast, ↑guideline, ↑history, ↑hypothesis, ↑image, ↑indication, ↑indicator, ↑inspection, ↑intuition, ↑investigation, ↑manner, ↑metaphor, ↑name, ↑painting, ↑panel, ↑passage, ↑poll, ↑reasoning, ↑recommendation, ↑record, ↑remark, ↑report, ↑research, ↑researcher, ↑result, ↑review, ↑scientist, ↑source, ↑statistics, ↑study, ↑survey, ↑text, ↑theory, ↑tone, ↑trend, ↑writer, ↑writing
Suggest is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alternative, ↑amendment, ↑analogy, ↑answer, ↑caution, ↑compromise, ↑diagnosis, ↑existence, ↑guideline, ↑hypothesis, ↑idea, ↑importance, ↑improvement, ↑increase, ↑involvement, ↑link, ↑measure, ↑mechanism, ↑modification, ↑motive, ↑need, ↑origin, ↑parallel, ↑possibility, ↑presence, ↑reading, ↑reason, ↑remedy, ↑revision, ↑scenario, ↑solution, ↑strategy, ↑treatment, ↑trend

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