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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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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.
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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 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.
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Anecdotal reports suggested that increases in health care costs were likely to turn up, and there were indications that fears about job security might be diminishing and that workers were becoming less reluctant to leave their jobs before finding better ones.
Suggested opening bid for the carriage house: $245,000.
New Wave is a programmed group of hand-hooked Chinese rugs with a suggested retail price of $299.
Radar images strongly suggested that the moon holds lakes of liquid hydrocarbons (170: 83 *) and a combination of radar and infrared pictures revealed the moon's tallest mountains (170: 405).
Following are some of our favorite DB exercises plus a few suggested routines:
Although much of the research has either noted the detrimental effects of the school transition or suggested interventions, few investigations have sought student perceptions during the transition to middle school.
Recent research has suggested that critical levels of phonological awareness can be improved through skilled instruction (Chard & Dickson, 1999).
Furthermore they suggested that the research reviewed generally revealed high levels of overall satisfaction with services.
The group also suggested allowing insurers to gain approval in their home, or state of domicile.
McCormally suggested that a recurring expenditure could be one criterion for determining whether an item should be capitalized.
The print depicts a white man kneeling in the position of the supplicant slave while a well-dressed black man strikes him, reversing the power relations suggested by the abolitionist seal.
Most contributors elaborate on the now commonly accepted point that post-conquest Andeans participate(d) in monetarized trade much more broadly and creatively than the long-standing image of the "self-sufficient Indian peasant" had suggested. In a painstaking study of the volume of American "imports" into Potosi during the 1790s Tandeter, Milletich, Oilier and Ruibal convincingly demonstrate that Indian traders supplied the major share of some key commodities (such as coca leaves, woolen bayeta and cotton cloths) entering the city.
Konrad Oberhuber, in 1976, may have been the first to have proposed a theme for Titian's landscape, when he suggested that it might be an allegory of Sloth leading to Lust.(11) Clark Hulse ventured further and argued that the subject is Venus mourning the death of Adonis.(12) Both Oberhuber's and Hulse's suggestions hold clues to Titian's subject, which I propose is a unique rendition of Lot and His Daughters - a theme whose pictorial metamorphoses have touched on Lust and have alluded to aspects of Venus.
It comes in dove gray and will be available in the second quarter for a suggested price of $179.99.