Meaning of “suggest” in the English Dictionary

"suggest" in British English

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suggestverb [ T ]

uk /səˈdʒest/ us /səˈdʒest/

suggest verb [ T ] (MENTION)

B1 to mention an idea, possible plan, or action for other people to consider:

I suggested an Italian restaurant near the station for the party.
formal Might I suggest a white wine with your salmon, sir?
[ + (that) ] I suggest (that) we wait a while before we make any firm decisions.
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 dozen roses?

More examples

  • I suggest we use Barkers as our main suppliers - they're good and furthermore they're cheap.
  • I suggested that we should meet, and they agreed .
  • She suggested half-jokingly that they should sell the family car and all buy bikes instead.
  • They'd laugh in your face if you suggested me for the post.
  • They suggested we meet up at Mustafa's.

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 absolute proof, but all the evidence suggests (that) he's guilty.
Are you suggesting (that) I look fat in these trousers?
Something about his manner suggested a lack of interest in what we were doing.

More examples

  • The latest opinion polls suggest that his days as leader are numbered.
  • Current demographic trends suggest that there will be fewer school leavers coming into the workforce in ten years' time.
  • There is no scientific evidence to suggest that underwater births are dangerous.
  • Studies suggest that regular intake of the vitamin significantly improves brain function.
  • Laboratory tests suggest that the new drug may be used to treat cancer.

(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, possible plan, or action for other people to consider:

They were wondering where to hold the office party and I suggested the Italian restaurant on Main Street.
[ + 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 jobs recently, which suggests that she’s not altogether happy with her position.

(Definition of “suggest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)