- 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 proposed
Rule 16(c) was a proposed change in the rules at the 1976 Republican Convention.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
The scenario in which you are proposed to in public is very different to the one done in private.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
Authorities blame anarchists protesting a proposed high-speed rail line called TAV that will link Turin and Lyon, France.Italy’s Terror on the Tracks
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December 28, 2014
When I tried to persuade him to drop the title The Short Night, I proposed calling the picture Pursuit.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The CIA proposed new methods to the Justice Department, which were approved.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money.
The feeling then was reciprocal, and he was proposed for the vacant seat.
It was proposed to send for me down: but my father said, he could not bear to look upon me.
I am sure you could not have represented what I proposed fairly: I am sure you could not.
The principal toast, proposed by Mr. Gladstone, was the Queen.
- (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 proposed
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.