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propose

[ pruh-pohz ]
/ prəˈpoʊz /
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verb (used with object), pro·posed, pro·pos·ing.

verb (used without object), pro·posed, pro·pos·ing.

to make an offer or suggestion, especially of marriage.
to form or consider a purpose or design.

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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

synonym study for propose

5. See intend.

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British Dictionary definitions for propose

propose
/ (prəˈpəʊz) /

verb

(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)

Derived forms of propose

proposable, 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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