- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for propose on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for proposing
He also is proposing funding for up to 50,000 more body cameras for law enforcement.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson
December 2, 2014
The FDA thinks so, and is proposing a label change—but Big Sugar is battling back.Guess Who Doesn’t Want You to Know How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food
July 19, 2014
The provision the administration is proposing to remove from the foreign appropriations bill is called the “Brownback Amendment.”Obama’s Budget Fails Democracy Promotion Abroad
June 12, 2014
Two years ago, proposing a $10.10 minimum wage would have made you a radical.How the Left Cut Down a Democratic Frontrunner
May 12, 2014
Now, Neilson is proposing legislation that would force couples to complete at least part of the seminar before filing for divorce.Fringe Factor: You Will Have to Bake a Penis Cake
March 2, 2014
But I was proposing--I wanted to deed that piece of marsh to you boys!The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
It was a low-down trick and I'm ashamed of myself for proposing it.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Have you considered the question of carriage in proposing to put it on the English market?A Woman Intervenes
Goujet was an odd fellow, proposing to elope, just the way it happens in novels.L'Assommoir
And therefore you had better decide at once with which of the two you are proposing to argue.The Republic
- (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 proposing
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.