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.

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··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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for proposer

Contemporary Examples of proposer

Historical Examples of proposer

  • It is, as I have said, not always the man who is the proposer of the flight.

  • As a proposer he had much of the talent of his brother, but little of his genius.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • And all this is submitted to the proposer by his 'Obliged and Humble Servant.'

    Old Picture Books

    Alfred W. Pollard

  • And again he extolled his personal merit in screwing up the proposer.

    Mrs. Thompson

    William Babington Maxwell

  • That the plan was not feasible does not detract from the fairness and benevolence of the proposer.

British Dictionary definitions for proposer



(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 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 proposer



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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