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Definition of the verb suggest

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verb - inflections: suggested | suggesting | suggests

  1. make a proposal, declare a plan for something
    • examples: They suggest him to write the letter | They suggest to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I presented a solutionVerbs of Reflexive Appearance: announce, assert, declare, define, exhibit, expose, express, flaunt, form, intrude, manifest, offer, pose, present, proffer, propose, recommend, reveal, shape, show
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]I presented a solution to him
      [Theme] [Verb] [Oblique, reflexive]A solution presented itself yesterday
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few wordsVerbs of Communication: purpose, recommend
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause] to [Recipient]John suggested eye glasses to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]John suggested to her how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]John suggested to him that he goes
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested to him that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]John suggested to her how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]John suggested to her what she could do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]John suggested to her what to do
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of suggest: advise / propose
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
    • more specific terms:
  2. drop a hint; intimate by a hint
    • example: They suggest that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause] to [Recipient]John suggested eye glasses to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]John suggested to her how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]John suggested to him that he goes
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested to him that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]John suggested to her how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]John suggested to her what she could do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]John suggested to her what to do

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): purpose, recommend.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of suggest: hint
    • more generic word: convey = make known
    • more specific terms:
  3. imply as a possibility
  4. call to mind

Alternative definition of the verb suggest

verb

  1. [transitive] To imply but stop short of saying explicitly.
  2. To make one suppose; cause one to suppose (something).
  3. [transitive] To ask for without demanding.
  4. [transitive] To recommend.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Suggest

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Google previewEffective Human Resources Management in Small and Medium Enterprises: Global Perspectives (2013)

Global Perspectives by Machado, Carolina

which can be deemed inertial institutional logic, as in a hierarchy, What we also suggest is that a distinction of institutional from organisational and operational logics is relevant to analysis not only of hierarchy and surveillance, as in Figure ...

Google previewShopping, Place and Identity (2005)

by Peter Jackson, Michael Rowlands, Daniel Miller

What the focus groups andethnography suggest is that thereare indeed groups of peoplewho have very firm relations of identity as young Cypriots orJewish women which are highly ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Restaurant Training (2005)

A Complete Ready-to-use Training Program for All Positions in the Food Service Industry by Lora Arduser, Douglas Robert Brown

The server may suggest additional items to the customer which increase the size of the order. The purpose of such suggestions should be to help the customer make a satisfactory selection, and, at the same time, to sell additional food.

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism (1994)

by Ormond McGill

Suggest: “Your arms are becoming numb and you are going to sleep. Sleep. Deep sleep.” Perform same on left arm. Relax, then...

Google previewA Thesaurus Dictionary of the English Language Designed to Suggest Immediately Any Desired Word Needed to Express Exactly a Given Idea (1906)

A Dictionary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms, Foreign Phrases, Pronunciations, a Copious Correlation of Words by Francis Andrew March

Suggest. Eavesdrop. To pry into or overhear private conversation. Enlighten. To impart useful information to. Explain, etc. To make plain, etc. See INTERPRETATION.

Google previewBedside Dream Dictionary

Laughter typically suggests happiness and lack of inhibition. Dreaming about laughter may suggest that you need to relax or release tension in your waking life . However, if you are being laughed at in your dream, you may feel that someone is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food Grains (2015)

by Colin W Wrigley, Harold Corke, Koushik Seetharaman, Jonathan Faubion

Claims suggest that wheat is the product of genetic research and that we are eating genetically altered wheat. In reality, genetically modified wheat is not sold legally anywhere in the world.

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

“FRAGILE” DATA Data derived from a welldesigned study that do not quite reach a level of STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE but provide a basis to suggest an unexpected or potentially relevant conclusion.

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Usage statistics about suggest

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb suggest:

spoken English34.13%written English65.87% conversational speech10.95%task-oriented speech89.05% imaginative writing32.74%informational writing67.26%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb suggest:

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Many books today suggest that the mass of women lead lives of noisy desperation. (Peter S. Prescott)
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Scrabble value of S1U1G2G2E1S1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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