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
1 : to form or put forward a plan or intention <man proposes, but God disposes>
2 obsolete : to engage in talk or discussion
3 : to make an offer of marriage
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>
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>
Examples of propose in a sentence
The scientists proposed a new theory.
The mayor proposed a plan for a new bridge.
Several senators have proposed raising the tax.
I propose that we revise the bylaws.
They propose to buy a new house.
How do you propose solving this problem?
The chairman proposed the young executive as a candidate for promotion.
Origin and Etymology of propose
Middle English, from Anglo-French purposer, proposer, from Latin proponere (perfect indicative proposui) — more at propound
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with propose
PROPOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of propose for Students
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up propose? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).