Definition of “suggestion” - English Dictionary

“suggestion” in British English

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suggestionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /səˈdʒes.tʃən/ us /səˈdʒes.tʃən/

B1 an idea, plan, or action that is suggested or the act of suggesting it:

I don't know what to wear tonight - do you have any suggestions?
She made some very helpful suggestions but her boss rejected them all.
[ + that ] They didn't like my suggestion that we should all share the cost.
I have a few favourite restaurants that I tend to go back to, but I'm always open to new suggestions (= willing to try new ones that people suggest).
I went to the Park Street dentist's at Ann's suggestion (= as a result of Ann suggesting it) and I was really impressed.

communication of an idea without stating it directly:

the suggestion of his guilt

a very small amount of something:

a suggestion of an Irish accent

More examples

  • They treated his suggestion with derision.
  • Although they said nothing, she could sense their disapproval of her suggestion.
  • I'd like to think I'm open to any reasonable suggestion.
  • Every time I make a suggestion at work, my boss overrides it.
  • My suggestion that we all play tennis sank like a stone.

(Definition of “suggestion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“suggestion” in American English

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us /səɡˈdʒes·tʃən, sə-/

suggestion noun (IDEA MENTIONED)

[ C/U ] an idea, possible plan, or action that is mentioned for other people to consider:

[ C ] She made some helpful suggestions on how to cut our costs.
[ C ] They didn’t like my suggestion that we should all share the cost.
[ U ] We’re open to suggestion (= willing to listen to other people’s ideas).

suggestion noun (SOMETHING THAT SHOWS)

[ C ] something that shows the existence of something but is not obvious:

Police said there was no suggestion of foul play and that the death was the result of an accident.

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