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
Related formspro·pound·er, nounun·pro·pound·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for propounder

Historical Examples of propounder

  • It never has—not at least in connection with the name of its propounder.

    Luck or Cunning

    Samuel Butler

  • The effect of this statement was greater than its propounder had dared to hope.

  • He is no propounder of problems, no searcher after hidden purposes.

  • Even their propounder pointed out that they would be extremely difficult to put into practice.

    Unwise Child

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • If, however, the Wizard did answer correctly, the propounder of the query was to lose his head.

British Dictionary definitions for propounder


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
Derived Formspropounder, noun

Word Origin for propound

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



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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