Raise / Bring up a subject (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Start a subject

Raise

To present or put forward a subject for consideration or discussion

SW: broach, bring up

We were glad you raised the subject at the meeting.

Bring up

To begin to talk about a subject

I hate to bring this up, but you still owe me $100.

Broach

To begin talking about a subject that is difficult to discuss, especially because it may be embarrassing or unpleasant or cause an argument

I was dreading having to broach the subject to my manager.

Get onto something

To begin talking about a subject

We got onto the subject of the conference.

A subject comes up / arise

People begin talking about the subject.

The subject of project never came up.

Change the subject

To begin talking about something different

I tried to change the subject.

 

 

Introduce

To present something for consideration or discussion

I introduced several issues during the meeting.

Present

To offer something for other people to consider or judge

I am presenting the report at the meeting.

Put forward

To suggest an idea, plan, proposal, etc. for consideration or discussion

I put forward a few suggestions about the Christmas party.

Suggest

To put forward an idea, a plan, or an action for other people to consider

I suggested an Indian restaurant near the subway station for the party.

Propose

Formal

To put forward a plan, idea, action, etc. for other people to consider

Several politicians have proposed raising the tax.

Put forth

To suggest an idea, plan, etc. for people to consider

I put forth some alternatives.

Advance

Formal

To suggest an idea, a theory, or a plan for other people to consider or discuss

Many ideas were advanced and rejected.

 

 

Mean / Intend (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Intend to say something

Mean

Not used in the progressive tenses

To say something with a particular intention

I mean it as a compliment.

Intend

To want something to have a particular meaning

I wondered what she intended by that remark.

Suggest

To say something indirectly

Are you suggesting I look fatter?

Imply

To communicate an idea or feeling without saying or showing it directly

I am not implying anything about your cooking.  I just want to eat out tonight.

Insinuate

To say something unpleasant which is true in an indirect way

SW: imply

Are you insinuating I am lying?

Hint

To indirectly say what you are thinking or feeling

She hinted at the possibility of going back to Germany.

Intimate

Formal

To say or suggest something indirectly

They intimated that I was not welcome.

Indicate

To say or express something indirectly or briefly

During the meeting, they indicated their willingness to cooperate.

Signal

To do something to make your feelings or opinions clear

My daughter signals her discontent by raising her voice.

 

Give the impression

I always try to give the impression of being busy, so nobody will talk to me.

 

 

Comment / Give your opinion or idea (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Give your opinion or idea

Make a comment

Comment

To express an opinion about someone or something

My girlfriend always comments on what I wear.

Make a comment

They made helpful comments on my work.

Remark

To say or write a comment about someone or something

SW: comment

He remarked that the book was disappointing.

Make a remark

They made a number of rude remarks about the restaurant.

Observe

Formal

To make a comment about someone or something

He observed that it was getting late.

 

Express an opinion

Express

To tell or show a feeling, opinion, aim, etc. by words, looks or actions

I was afraid to express my opinions.

Say

To express an opinion on something

Her doctor said that she should eat more vegetables.

Formulate

To express your opinions or ideas in carefully chosen words

It took me a while to formulate an answer.

Note

Formal

To mention something because it is important or interesting

It’s worth noting that the president gave no reason for his decision.

 

To publicly say your opinions

Speak out

To publicly say your opinions in a way that takes courage, especially in order to protest against or defend something

Some students who had spoken out against the government were arrested.

Air

To publicly express your opinions

SW: voice

The workers should get a chance to air their views.

Voice

To say your opinions or feelings about a particular subject

The parents are going to voice concern about their children’s safety.

Sound off

Informal, disapproving

To express your opinions strongly and rather rudely without being asked

These students always sound off about politics.

 

Suggest

Put forward

To offer an idea, opinion, reason, etc. for other people to consider or discuss

I encouraged individuals to put forward their views.

Suggest

To put forward an idea, a plan, or an action for other people to consider

I suggested an Indian restaurant near the subway station for the party.

Propose

Formal

To put forward a plan, idea, action, etc. for other people to consider

Several politicians have proposed raising the tax.

 

Nouns

Opinion (noun)

Give an opinion

I was invited to give my opinions about how the factory should be operated.

More verbs

Air, Express, Offer, State, Voice

In someone’s opinion

Used when giving your opinion

In my opinion, we should change the way we work.

 

View (noun)

A personal opinion, belief, or attitude about something

SW: opinion

Give one’s view

I always hesitate to give my own views on any matters.

More verbs

Air, Convey, Expound, Express, Make known, Present, Put forward,

Tell someone your view, Let someone have your view

In someone’s view

In my view, it is a waste of time.

 

Point (noun)

An idea, fact, opinion, or piece of information that is said or written as part of an argument or a discussion

Make a point

She made some interesting points in the conference.

More verbs

Raise, Illustrate, Demonstrate, Get across, Put across, Prove, Have, Emphasize,

Belabor / Labor, Press, Stress, Clarify

 

Observation (noun)

Formal

A written or spoken comment, especially based on something you have seen, heard, felt or read

SW: remark

Make an observation

May I make an observation?

 

Announcement (noun)

A written or spoken statement that officially tells people about something

Make / Issue an announcement

The president is going to make an announcement about his plans tonight.

 

Declaration (noun)

An official announcement about a particular situation or plan of a government or an organization

Make / Issue a declaration

Our government has issued a declaration of war against the rebel group.

 

Quip (noun)

A humorous and clever remark

I made several quips during the interview.

 

Aside (noun)

A remark that you make quietly to someone because you do not want other people to hear it

He made an aside about the speaker to me.

 

Taunt (noun)

An insulting or unkind remark, or a joke that is intended to make someone angry or upset

I tried to ignore their taunts.

 

Dig (noun)

A remark or joke that is intended to annoy or criticize someone

Dig at

He makes sly little digs at me when we meet.