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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 proposed
  • proposed changes to the military's retirement system have been much in the news lately.
  • It was proposed last month by faculty leaders who argue.
  • The proposed new bank taxes are the right solution to the wrong problem.
  • The proposed road would block both northward and southward migrations.
  • Public-private partnership proposed to develop pharmaceuticals.
  • The letter should explain and outline the proposed story idea, and suggest an appropriate month or season.
  • Researchers who study the brain's perception of time have previously proposed several ways our mental clock might work.
  • The president has proposed a five-year freeze of discretionary spending, excluding national security spending.
  • The agency will also want to know why your proposed activities are worth the risk of investment.
  • Based on a visitor's street address, the site generates a map showing the closest proposed nuclear transport routes.
British Dictionary definitions for proposed


(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 proposed



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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