[ pruh-pohz ]
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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.

  2. to offer (a toast).

  1. to suggest: He proposed that a messenger be sent.

  2. to present or nominate (a person) for some position, office, membership, etc.

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

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

  5. 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.

Origin of propose

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Middle French proposer (see pro-1, pose1), by association with derivatives of Latin prōpositus, past participle of prōpōnere “to set forth;” See propositus

synonym study For propose

5. See intend.

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Other words from propose

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use propose in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for propose


/ (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

  1. (tr) to plan or intend (to do something): I propose to leave town now

  2. (tr) to announce the drinking of (a toast) to (the health of someone, etc)

  3. (intr often foll by to) to make an offer of marriage (to someone)

Origin of propose

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

Derived forms of propose

  • proposable, adjective
  • proposer, noun

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