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
1a : to set before the mind (as for discussion, imitation, or action) propose a plan for settling the disputeb : to set before someone and especially oneself as an aim or intent proposed to spend the summer in Italy
2a : to set forth for acceptance or rejection propose terms for peace propose a topic for debateb : to recommend to fill a place or vacancy : nominate propose them for membershipc : 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.
Recent Examples of propose from the Web
When it was first proposed several years ago, the bill was the Alabama Spaceport Authority Act.
Moskalick proposed the idea to her college coach, Judy Wilson.
President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have proposed reducing the federal education budget by $9 billion, in part by cutting a $27 million arts-education program.
The president’s chief strategist is reportedly proposing the one thing that could get Republicans to turn on Trump.
Republicans in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have proposed legislation that would change that to hold down costs.
A winding road to the center of Vladivostok, around 35 miles away, is so clogged with traffic that Yuri Trutnev, Mr. Putin’s envoy for the Russian Far East, proposed opening a ferry service to speed up the journey to the casino.
The RCI group proposed an $80 million private investment that would keep and renovate the existing Whiskey Joe’s restaurant building and erect a new dry-storage building.
The White House budget proposed in May eliminated international nutrition programs, saying their administration was inefficient, a move ignored in both houses of Congress by appropriators drafting spending resolutions.
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PROPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of propose for English Language Learners
: 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.
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