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Suggest vs. Imply — What's the Difference?

Suggest vs. Imply — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Suggest and Imply

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Suggest

Put forward for consideration
I suggest that we wait a day or two
‘Maybe you ought to get an expert,’ she suggested
Ruth suggested a holiday

Imply

To express or state indirectly
She implied that she was in a hurry.

Suggest

Cause one to think that (something) exists or is the case
Finds of lead coffins suggested a cemetery north of the river
The temperature wasn't as tropical as the bright sunlight may have suggested

Imply

To make evident indirectly
His fine clothes implied that he was wealthy. See Usage Note at infer.

Suggest

To offer for consideration or action; propose
Suggest things for children to do.
Suggested that we take a walk.
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Imply

To involve by logical necessity; entail
Life implies growth and death.

Suggest

To express or say indirectly
The police officer seemed to be suggesting that the death was not an accident.

Imply

To have as a necessary consequence
The proposition that "all dogs are mammals" implies that my dog is a mammal.

Suggest

To make evident indirectly; intimate or imply
A silence that suggested disapproval.

Imply

To suggest by logical inference
When I state that your dog is brown, I am not implying that all dogs are brown.

Suggest

To bring or call to mind by logic or association; evoke
A cloud that suggests a mushroom.
A ringlike symbol suggesting unity.

Imply

To hint; to insinuate; to suggest tacitly and avoid a direct statement
What do you mean "we need to be more careful with hygiene"? Are you implying that I don't wash my hands?

Suggest

To serve as or provide a motive for; prompt or demand
Such a crime suggests apt punishment.

Imply

(archaic) to enfold, entangle.

Suggest

(transitive) To imply but stop short of explicitly stating (something).
Are you suggesting that I killed my wife?

Imply

To infold or involve; to wrap up.

Suggest

(transitive) To cause one to suppose (something); to bring to one's mind the idea (of something).
The name "hamburger" suggests that hamburgers originated from Hamburg.

Imply

To involve in substance or essence, or by fair inference, or by construction of law, when not include virtually; as, war implies fighting.
Where a malicious act is proved, a malicious intention is implied.
When a man employs a laborer to work for him, . . . the act of hiring implies an obligation and a promise that he shall pay him a reasonable reward for his services.

Suggest

(transitive) To explicitly mention (something) as a possibility for consideration, often to recommend it
He suggests that we celebrate with dinner at Bellissimo.
He suggests our celebrating with dinner at Bellissimo.
The guidebook suggests that we visit the local cathedral, which is apparently beautiful.

Imply

To refer, ascribe, or attribute.
Whence might this distaste arise?
If [from] neither your perverse and peevish will.To which I most imply it.

Suggest

To seduce; to prompt to evil; to tempt.

Imply

Express or state indirectly

Suggest

To introduce indirectly to the thoughts; to cause to be thought of, usually by the agency of other objects.
Some ideas . . . are suggested to the mind by all the ways of sensation and reflection.

Imply

Suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

Suggest

To propose with difference or modesty; to hint; to intimate; as, to suggest a difficulty.

Imply

Have as a logical consequence;
The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers

Suggest

To seduce; to prompt to evil; to tempt.
Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested.

Imply

Suggest that someone is guilty

Suggest

To inform secretly.

Imply

Have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail;
This decision involves many changes

Suggest

To make suggestions; to tempt.
And ever weaker grows through acted crime,Or seeming-genial, venial fault,Recurring and suggesting still.

Suggest

Make a proposal, declare a plan for something

Suggest

Imply as a possibility;
The evidence suggests a need for more clarification

Suggest

Drop a hint; intimate by a hint

Suggest

Suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine;
Tetracycline is indicated in such cases

Suggest

Call to mind or evoke

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