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[ 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.

    Synonyms: counsel, suggest, tender, offer, proffer

    Antonyms: withdraw

  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.

    Synonyms: nominate, name

  5. to put before oneself as something to be done; design; intend.

    Synonyms: plan, aim

  6. to present to the mind or attention; state.

    Synonyms: posit, pose

  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.


/ prəˈpəʊz /


  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. introften foll byto to make an offer of marriage (to someone)

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Derived Forms

  • proˈposable, adjective
  • proˈposer, noun

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Other Words From

  • pro·pos·a·ble adjective
  • pro·pos·er noun
  • mis·pro·pose verb misproposed misproposing
  • re·pro·pose verb reproposed reproposing
  • un·pro·pos·a·ble adjective
  • un·pro·pos·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of propose1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Middle French proposer ( pro- 1, pose 1 ), by association with derivatives of Latin prōpositus, past participle of prōpōnere “to set forth;” See propositus

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Word History and Origins

Origin of propose1

C14: from Old French proposer, from Latin prōpōnere to display, from pro- 1+ pōnere to place

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Synonym Study

See intend.

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Example Sentences

In the Senate Republicans’ $650 billion relief legislation, a proposed $16 billion was allocated for testing and tracing.

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I propose we call our new epoch the “Heliocene,” meaning “new sun.”

The proposed deal’s structure is already shaped by Beijing’s refusal to allow the US alone to determine TikTok’s fate.

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In a statement, Oracle provided few details about the proposed TikTok partnership.

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On Thursday, the Republican-proposed $500 billion stimulus package failed to get enough votes to advance in the chamber.

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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.

Other models, such as string theory, propose more dimensions, but those are coiled up too small to be seen.

This leads some to propose that the American middle and working classes has become economically passé.

May I propose the Dutch, who were among the original bidders for 2018.

Instead of writing slander and flat blasphemy, they propose to draw it, and not draw it mild.

Now the practice of Interrogative Analysis compels such persons to interrogate—to propose questions—to think.

"That means he intends to propose again," said Mrs. Kaye, in her carefully modulated voice.

With the sum thus realized, I say, you propose to make good the losses which the bank has suffered by your improvidence?

Strictly speaking, I don't think anybody ought to propose with a niblick in his hand.


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