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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.
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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?

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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 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.

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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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