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[pruh-pound] /prəˈpaʊnd/
verb (used with object)
to put forward or offer for consideration, acceptance, or adoption; set forth; propose:
to propound a theory.
1545-55; later variant of Middle English propone (see propone) < Latin prōpōnere to set forth, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + pōnere to put, place, set. See compound1, expound
Related forms
propounder, noun
unpropounded, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-pound


verb (transitive)
to suggest or put forward for consideration
(English law)
  1. to produce (a will or similar instrument) to the proper court or authority in order for its validity to be established
  2. (of an executor) to bring (an action to obtain probate) in solemn form
Derived Forms
propounder, noun
Word Origin
C16 propone, from Latin prōpōnere to set forth, from pro-1 + pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for pro-pound
1530s, var. of M.E. proponen "to put forward" (late 14c.), from L. proponere "put forward, declare," from pro- "before" + ponere "to put" (see position). Perhaps infl. in form by compound, expound.
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