- 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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Examples from the Web for propose
I told them the story about how Delta helped her propose to me in the middle of the international terminal here at Delta.
They met in 2009, before Dewani rented a private jet and flew her to Paris to propose.The Honeymoon Murder Trial of British Millionaire Shrien Dewani Begins
October 7, 2014
Other models, such as string theory, propose more dimensions, but those are coiled up too small to be seen.Is the Cosmos Just a Big Hologram?
Matthew R. Francis
August 31, 2014
This leads some to propose that the American middle and working classes has become economically passé.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
May I propose the Dutch, who were among the original bidders for 2018.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
I do not propose to speak in detail of the dinner that followed.
As you do not propose to follow the sea, it will not be worth while to go as cabin-boy.
The chairman rose to propose the toast of the evening, and was received with cheers.Explorations in Australia
There, if it be your wish, I will propose you; messengers will be appointed to converse with you.
You must propose an examination of his affairs on the part of the church.
- (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)
Word Origin and History for propose
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.