verb (used with object)

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for propounder

Historical Examples of propounder

  • The propounder of the puzzle, or the party who had hidden the object, was then bound to disclose the matter.

    Folk Lore

    James Napier

  • The answer is satisfactory, in all senses, to the propounder of the question—indeed, a more satisfactory reply cannot be uttered.

  • I know you well enough to know, that you will not like its propounder; but who else has been ripe and bold enough to do it?

    Church Reform

    Richard Carlile

  • The clause conditional, introduced by the word "if," does not always imply a conclusion, even in the mind of the propounder.

    The Unspeakable Perk

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • But there was one person to whom this gratuitous argument carried no conviction, and that was the propounder of it himself.

British Dictionary definitions for propounder


verb (tr)

to suggest or put forward for consideration
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper