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propound

[pruh-pound]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put forward or offer for consideration, acceptance, or adoption; set forth; propose: to propound a theory.
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Origin of propound

1545–55; later variant of Middle English propone (see propone) < Latin prōpōnere to set forth, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + pōnere to put, place, set. See compound1, expound
Related formspro·pound·er, nounun·pro·pound·ed, adjective
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propound

verb (tr)
  1. to suggest or put forward for consideration
  2. English law
    1. to produce (a will or similar instrument) to the proper court or authority in order for its validity to be established
    2. (of an executor) to bring (an action to obtain probate) in solemn form
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Derived Formspropounder, noun

Word Origin

C16 propone, from Latin prōpōnere to set forth, from pro- 1 + pōnere to place
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Word Origin and History for propound

v.

late 16c. variant of Middle English proponen "to put forward" (late 14c.), from Latin proponere "put forth, set forth, lay out, display, expose to view," figuratively "set before the mind; resolve; intend, design," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + ponere "to put" (see position (n.)). Perhaps influenced in form by compound, expound. Related: Propounded; propounding.

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