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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.
Origin of propound
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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  • Nuclear particles and antiparticles number in the hundreds, and their interactions propound new puzzles.
  • But those who propound such views are having to refine their appraisals.
  • But because the author had a weighty thesis to propound and did so in long expostulation, the picture often sags in the telling.
  • There are many who propound policy theories, but few possess the skills to make those theories the law of the land.
British Dictionary definitions for propound


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 propound

late 16c. variant of Middle English proponen "to put forward" (late 14c.), from Latin proponere "put forth, set forth, lay out, display, expose to view," figuratively "set before the mind; resolve; intend, design," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + ponere "to put" (see position (n.)). Perhaps influenced in form by compound, expound. Related: Propounded; propounding.

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