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From the Latin suggerere, present active infinitive form of suggerō.


  • IPA(key): /syɡ.ʒe.ʁe/
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  1. to suggest, propose
    Elles suggéraient une démonstration de maquillage.They suggested a cosmetic makeover.
  2. to evoke, suggest
    Son attitude suggère une dépression nerveuse imminente.His attitude suggests an imminent nervous breakdown.


This verb is conjugated like céder. It is a regular -er verb, except that its last stem vowel alternates between /e/ (written 'é') and /ɛ/ (written 'è'), with the latter being used before mute 'e'. One special case is the future stem, used in the future and the conditional. Before 1990, the future stem of such verbs was written suggérer-, reflecting the historic pronunciation /e/. In 1990, the French Academy recommended that it be written suggèrer-, reflecting the now common pronunciation /ɛ/, thereby making this distinction consistent throughout the conjugation (and also matching in this regard the conjugations of verbs like lever and jeter). Both spellings are in use today, and both are therefore given here.

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