propose

[pruh-pohz]
verb (used with object), pro·posed, pro·pos·ing.
  1. to offer or suggest (a matter, subject, case, etc.) for consideration, acceptance, or action: to propose a new method.
  2. to offer (a toast).
  3. to suggest: He proposed that a messenger be sent.
  4. to present or nominate (a person) for some position, office, membership, etc.
  5. to put before oneself as something to be done; design; intend.
  6. to present to the mind or attention; state.
  7. to propound (a question, riddle, etc.).
verb (used without object), pro·posed, pro·pos·ing.
  1. to make an offer or suggestion, especially of marriage.
  2. 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 formspro·pos·a·ble, adjectivepro·pos·er, nounmis·pro·pose, verb, mis·pro·posed, mis·pro·pos·ing.re·pro·pose, verb, re·pro·posed, re·pro·pos·ing.un·pro·pos·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·posed, adjectiveun·pro·pos·ing, adjective

Synonyms for propose

Synonym study

5. See intend.

Antonyms for propose

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British Dictionary definitions for proposable

propose

verb
  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to put forward (a plan, motion, etc) for consideration or action
  2. (tr) to nominate, as for a position
  3. (tr) to plan or intend (to do something)I propose to leave town now
  4. (tr) to announce the drinking of (a toast) to (the health of someone, etc)
  5. (intr often foll by to) to make an offer of marriage (to someone)
Derived Formsproposable, adjectiveproposer, noun

Word Origin for propose

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

propose

v.

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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