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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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Examples from the Web for proposer
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  • It is, as I have said, not always the man who is the proposer of the flight.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • As a proposer he had much of the talent of his brother, but little of his genius.

    The History of "Punch"

    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 Elmore Barce
  • This year also had a tribune as a proposer of the agrarian law.

  • The more popular the candidate, the less work there is for his proposer and seconder.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • From the name of its proposer, this composition is called "frankoline."

  • The last provision was added during the passage of the bill, and is known from its proposer as the Chandos Clause.

British Dictionary definitions for proposer


(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 proposer



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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