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suggest (something) to (one)

1. To present some evidence of something to one; to imply, express, or make evident something indirectly to one. Often constructed as "suggest to one something." His hesitation suggested a lack of commitment to Sarah. The whole situation suggests to me a breakdown of communication.
2. To propose something to one; to offer something for one's consideration. I suggested a different approach to my boss that might yield better results. The professor suggested a few places where the students could find resources for their projects.
3. To make a recommendation of something to one. She suggested the steak to me, but I really had a hankering for chicken. I suggest this book to all of my clients.
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suggest for (someone or something)

1. To recommend something for a particular task. A noun or pronoun is used between "suggest" and "for." I always suggest white vinegar for getting rid of bad odors in your washing machine. Someone suggested peppermint and eucalyptus oils for getting rid of spiders in our house.
2. To recommend something to help someone or something. A noun or pronoun is used between "suggest" and "for." The pharmacist suggested this cough syrup for my daughter. My mother suggested honey and lemon for my sore throat. I would suggest a complete factory reset for your device. It's the only way to wipe out the virus completely.
3. To recommend or nominate someone for a particular role or position or as a recipient of some award. A noun or pronoun is used between "suggest" and "for." I've suggested you for the new managerial position, so expect a call from our head office any day now for an interview. I can confidently suggest Janet for the role. I had no ideas my coworkers had suggested me for the award.
4. To suggest that someone ought to enter into a romantic relationship with someone else. A noun or pronoun is used between "suggest" and "for." She suggested her brother for me, but the two of us just didn't have any chemistry. I've stopped suggesting people for my friends, because it ends up being really awkward for everyone if it doesn't work out between them.
See also: for, suggest

suggest itself to (one)

Of an idea, to come into one's mind seemingly out of nowhere. A plan to take over the company suggested itself to Samantha. An exciting new idea suggested itself to me while I was listening to the speaker give his presentation.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

suggest itself to someone

[for an idea] to seem to present itself to someone. A new scheme suggested itself to Alice as she looked at the records of the last attempt. As you read this, does anything suggest itself to you?
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suggest something to someone

to make a suggestion of something to someone. The waiter suggested the roast beef to all his customers. What did you suggest to the people at the other table? They look quite pleased with their meal.
See also: suggest, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In contrast to persons with congenital disabilities, for whom research suggests that the process of body image and identity development is likely to be similar to that of children without disabilities (Grzesiak & Hicok, 1994; Livneh & Antonak, 1997; Wright, 1983), persons who experience later-onset chronic illness or acquired disability (CIAD) may find their sense of self suddenly and dramatically challenged or altered.
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Evidence increasingly suggests that treating "mental" illness or distress can improve survival and reduce progression of HIV (and some other diseases)--not only in obvious ways like improving adherence and social support, but also through biochemical mechanisms that researchers are only beginning to understand.
Some physical anthropologists are now arguing that cranial and tooth remains from earlier humans in the Americas, especially those found recently in South America, suggest the possibility of a non-Siberian migration.
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It said, "the actual control exercised by [the decedent's attorney-in-fact], combined with the 99-percent limited partnership interest in [the FLP] and the 47-percent interest in [the corporate GP], suggest the possibility of including the property transferred to the partnership in decedent's estate under section 2036."