- 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.).
- to make an offer or suggestion, especially of marriage.
- to form or consider a purpose or design.
Origin of propose
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1. proffer, tender, suggest, recommend, present. 4. name. 5. plan. 6. pose, posit.
5. See intend.
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- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to put forward (a plan, motion, etc) for consideration or action
- (tr) to nominate, as for a position
- (tr) to plan or intend (to do something)I propose to leave town now
- (tr) to announce the drinking of (a toast) to (the health of someone, etc)
- (intr often foll by to) to make an offer of marriage (to someone)
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 proposable
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