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Meaning of “suggest” in the English Dictionary

"suggest" in British English

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suggestverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈdʒest/
  • suggest verb [T] (MENTION)

B1 to ​mention an ​idea, ​possibleplan, or ​action for other ​people to ​consider: I suggested an ​Italianrestaurant near the ​station for the ​party. formal Might I suggest a ​whitewine with ​yoursalmon, ​sir? [+ (that)] I suggest (that) we ​wait a while before we make any ​firmdecisions. Liz suggested (that) I ​try the ​shop on Mill Road. [+ -ing verb] I suggested ​putting the ​matter to the ​committee. [+ question word] Can you suggest where I could ​buy a ​dozenroses?

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  • suggest verb [T] (SHOW/EXPRESS)

B2 to ​communicate or show an ​idea or ​feeling without ​stating it ​directly or giving ​proof: [+ (that)] There's no ​absoluteproof, but all the ​evidence suggests (that) he's ​guilty. Are you suggesting (that) I ​lookfat in these ​trousers? Something about his ​manner suggested a ​lack of ​interest in what we were doing.

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  • suggest verb [T] (PRODUCE AN IDEA)

formal to ​produce an ​idea in the ​mind: Does anything suggest itself? (= Do you have any ​ideas about what we should do?)
(Definition of suggest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suggest" in American English

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suggestverb [T]

 us   /səɡˈdʒest, sə-/
  • suggest verb [T] (MENTION)

to ​mention an ​idea, ​possibleplan, or ​action for other ​people to ​consider: They were ​wondering where to ​hold the ​officeparty and I suggested the Italian ​restaurant on ​MainStreet. [+ that clause] I suggest that we ​ask someone for ​directions, or we’ll never ​find the ​place.
  • suggest verb [T] (SHOW)

to ​communicate or show an ​idea or ​feeling without ​stating it ​directly: His ​manner suggested a ​lack of ​interest in what we were doing. [+ that clause] She’s ​applied for a lot of ​jobsrecently, which suggests that she’s not ​altogetherhappy with her ​position.
(Definition of suggest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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