to offer or suggest (a matter, subject, case, etc.) for consideration, acceptance, or action: to propose a new method.
to offer (a toast).
to make an offer or suggestion, especially of marriage.
to form or consider a purpose or design.
- pro·pos·a·ble, adjective
- pro·pos·er, noun
- mis·pro·pose, verb, mis·pro·posed, mis·pro·pos·ing.
- re·pro·pose, verb, re·pro·posed, re·pro·pos·ing.
- un·pro·pos·a·ble, adjective
- un·pro·pos·ing, adjective
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How to use propose in a sentence
A new law on the table in Denmark proposes to make sex with animals, known as zoophilia, illegal.
Petro Poroshenko proposes a utopian solution to the problem.
Morris thinks this question is an empirical one, and his new book proposes an answer that he finds astonishing.
Update: Bob Geldof proposes to long-term girlfriend, and is 'determined something positive' will come out of recent tragedy.
This is precisely what a new book by Fordham University theology professor George Demacopoulos proposes.
He further proposes to use it in the form of a solid cardboard as a roofing material for light structures.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
Koch proposes to omit maner, and read—'No counseyl, but at hir loke.'Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
All religion is visibly founded upon the principle that "God proposes and man disposes."Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
She has commissioned me to write the poem, and she graciously proposes to allow you to perform it with your puppets.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays | Various
Young lady proposes to tell me my fortune for a penny, with a revolving card.
British Dictionary definitions for propose
(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)
- proposable, adjective
- proposer, noun
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