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[pruh-pohz] /prəˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), proposed, proposing.
to offer or suggest (a matter, subject, case, etc.) for consideration, acceptance, or action:
to propose a new method.
to offer (a toast).
to suggest:
He proposed that a messenger be sent.
to present or nominate (a person) for some position, office, membership, etc.
to put before oneself as something to be done; design; intend.
to present to the mind or attention; state.
to propound (a question, riddle, etc.).
verb (used without object), proposed, proposing.
to make an offer or suggestion, especially of marriage.
to form or consider a purpose or design.
Origin of propose
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French proposer (see pro-1, pose1), by association with derivatives of Latin prōpositus, past participle of prōpōnere to set forth. See propositus
Related forms
proposable, adjective
proposer, noun
mispropose, verb, misproposed, misproposing.
repropose, verb, reproposed, reproposing.
unproposable, adjective
unproposed, adjective
unproposing, adjective
1. proffer, tender, suggest, recommend, present. 4. name. 5. plan. See intend. 6. pose, posit.
1. withdraw. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for propose
  • Researchers propose a mathematical model of marriage.
  • Each month, we'll propose a scenario and present some ideas and concepts.
  • Each month, we'll propose a scenario, and present some initial ideas and concepts.
  • Each month, we'll propose a scenario, and present some of our initial ideas and concepts.
  • Debate is the life-blood of a democracy, and this means that leaders must offer discussable reasons for what they propose to do.
  • Nor does the report propose the abolition of those peacekeeper's legal immunity.
  • Now, in addition to the three new species, the researchers propose four more groups for possible species recognition.
  • Go ahead and contact those people and propose that you all start collaborating on a blog.
  • Instead of a hardwired network of signs, they propose to use mobile-phone apps.
  • Two scientists, studying computer-simulated bacteria, propose an answer.
British Dictionary definitions for propose


(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to put forward (a plan, motion, etc) for consideration or action
(transitive) to nominate, as for a position
(transitive) to plan or intend (to do something): I propose to leave town now
(transitive) to announce the drinking of (a toast) to (the health of someone, etc)
(intransitive) often foll by to. to make an offer of marriage (to someone)
Derived Forms
proposable, adjective
proposer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French proposer, from Latin prōpōnere to display, from pro-1 + pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for propose

mid-14c., from Old French proposer "propose, advance, suggest" (12c.), from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). Meaning "make an offer of marriage" is first recorded 1764. Related: Proposed; proposing. Cf. also propone, which coexisted with this word for a time.

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