[ pruh-pohz ]
/ prəˈpoʊz /
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verb (used with object), pro·posed, pro·pos·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), pro·posed, pro·pos·ing.
to make an offer or suggestion, especially of marriage.
to form or consider a purpose or design.
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Origin of propose
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Middle French proposer (see pro-1, pose1), by association with derivatives of Latin prōpositus, past participle of prōpōnere “to set forth;” See propositus
synonym study for propose
5. See intend.
OTHER WORDS FROM propose
pro·pos·a·ble, adjectivepro·pos·er, nounmis·pro·pose, verb, mis·pro·posed, mis·pro·pos·ing.re·pro·pose, verb, re·pro·posed, re·pro·pos·ing.
un·pro·pos·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·pos·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for propose
/ (prəˈpəʊz) /
(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)
Derived forms of proposeproposable, adjectiveproposer, noun
Word Origin for propose
C14: from Old French proposer, from Latin prōpōnere to display, from pro- 1 + pōnere to place
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