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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. 6. pose, posit.
1. withdraw.
Synonym Study
5. See intend. Unabridged
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  • The Emperor had first proposed it while serving under Henry's banners in France.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • This was just what Lennard wanted, and so he proposed a stroll and a smoke in the Park.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • I know no other way but this he has proposed: if you have love enough to run the venture.

  • It must be recognized that what is proposed is an arbitrary action on the mores.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • On this elevating platform they proposed to make their fight.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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