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propose

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verb pro·pose \prə-ˈpōz\

Simple Definition of propose

  • : to suggest (something, such as a plan or theory) to a person or group of people to consider

  • : to plan or intend to do (something)

  • : to suggest (someone) for a job, position, office, etc.

Full Definition of propose

pro·posedpro·pos·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form or put forward a plan or intention <man proposes, but God disposes>

  3. 2 obsolete :  to engage in talk or discussion

  4. 3 :  to make an offer of marriage

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to set before the mind (as for discussion, imitation, or action) <propose a plan for settling the dispute> b :  to set before someone and especially oneself as an aim or intent <proposed to spend the summer in Italy>

  7. 2 a :  to set forth for acceptance or rejection <propose terms for peace> <propose a topic for debate> b :  to recommend to fill a place or vacancy :  nominate <propose them for membership> c :  to offer as a toast <propose the happiness of the couple>

pro·pos·er noun

Examples of propose

  1. The scientists proposed a new theory.

  2. The mayor proposed a plan for a new bridge.

  3. Several senators have proposed raising the tax.

  4. I propose that we revise the bylaws.

  5. They propose to buy a new house.

  6. How do you propose solving this problem?

  7. The chairman proposed the young executive as a candidate for promotion.



Origin of propose

Middle English, from Anglo-French purposer, proposer, from Latin proponere (perfect indicative proposui) — more at propound


First Known Use: 14th century



PROPOSE Defined for Kids

propose

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verb pro·pose \prə-ˈpōz\

Definition of propose

pro·posedpro·pos·ing

  1. 1 :  to make a suggestion to be thought over and talked about :  suggest

  2. 2 :  to make plans :  intend <How do you propose to pay for a new bike?>

  3. 3 :  to make an offer of marriage

  4. 4 :  to suggest (someone) for filling a place or position <I proposed my teacher for the award.>





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