[ 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.

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

Other words from propound

  • pro·pound·er, noun
  • un·pro·pound·ed, adjective

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How to use propound in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for propound


/ (prəˈpaʊnd) /

  1. to suggest or put forward for consideration

  2. English law

    • to produce (a will or similar instrument) to the proper court or authority in order for its validity to be established

    • (of an executor) to bring (an action to obtain probate) in solemn form

Origin of propound

C16 propone, from Latin prōpōnere to set forth, from pro- 1 + pōnere to place

Derived forms of propound

  • propounder, noun

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