- 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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Examples from the Web for proposer
As his friend tosses him the ring, the proposer fails to catch it and falls backward off the ledge and down several stories.Public Marriage Proposals Gone Wrong: The 13 Biggest Fails (VIDEO)
February 14, 2012
It is, as I have said, not always the man who is the proposer of the flight.The Soul of a People
As a proposer he had much of the talent of his brother, but little of his genius.The History of "Punch"</p>
M. H. Spielmann
And all this is submitted to the proposer by his 'Obliged and Humble Servant.'Old Picture Books
Alfred W. Pollard
And again he extolled his personal merit in screwing up the proposer.Mrs. Thompson
William Babington Maxwell
That the plan was not feasible does not detract from the fairness and benevolence of the proposer.The Land of the Miamis
- (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 proposer
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