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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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Examples from the Web for propounder
Historical Examples
  • The name of the President is generally first, and in larger letters than that of the propounder, who is usually the author.

  • The effect of this statement was greater than its propounder had dared to hope.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • The propounder of the puzzle, or the party who had hidden the object, was then bound to disclose the matter.

    Folk Lore James Napier
  • He is no propounder of problems, no searcher after hidden purposes.

    Horace and His Influence Grant Showerman
  • Sanity, of a crude sort, may accept it; and sanity may put it to a use other than its propounder's.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • Even their propounder pointed out that they would be extremely difficult to put into practice.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It never has—not at least in connection with the name of its propounder.

    Luck or Cunning Samuel Butler
  • Each of them has had sufficient plausibility to convince its propounder; and, probably, others too.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
  • Not being prepared with an answer to the question, the Man with a Shotgun sagaciously removed the propounder.

    Fantastic Fables Ambrose Bierce
  • "Well, I don't see wot a feller's got to do," said the propounder of the problem, returning to the charge.

British Dictionary definitions for propounder


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for propounder



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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