propose

verb
pro·​pose | \ prə-ˈpōz How to pronounce propose (audio) \
proposed; proposing

Definition of propose

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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

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Other Words from propose

proposer noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Us Weekly revealed that although the romance has mostly been out of the public eye, the two are really serious about each other and that Joe was thinking about proposing. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "5 Signs Taylor Swift Is Definitely Engaged To Joe Alwyn," 29 Apr. 2019 But before proposing, the woman learns that her girlfriend still hasn't come out to her conservative parents. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Will Star in Queer Holiday Rom-Com "Happiest Season"," 28 Nov. 2018 Jordan gives a little speech himself before proposing with a sparkly Neil Lane ring. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 11 Recap: The Finale," 11 Sep. 2018 Perry revealed last month that Bloom proposed in a luxe helicopter ride followed by a party with their friends and family. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Katy Perry Called Fiancé Orlando Bloom Her 'Boyfriend'—and People Can't Stop Laughing," 19 Mar. 2019 Despite their efforts, concerns mounted that an engine of the F-1’s proposed size simply couldn't work. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Coincidentally, Trevor, 41, got engaged to Tracey, 32, just weeks after Meghan’s royal wedding to Prince Harry, having proposed on June 1 after a year of the pair dating. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Ex-Husband, Trevor Engelson, Just Married An Heiress Worth $200 Million," 10 Oct. 2018 In an age when rising seas pose a threat to coastal cities across the globe—including Africa, Southeast Asia, and northern Europe—BIG proposes an almost ironic solution: a city on the sea. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Is Oceanix City by Bjarke Ingels the Real-Life Lost Continent of Atlantis?," 12 Apr. 2019 Related pitches have been made by lawmakers including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who proposed a bill in the fall that would jail executives who mishandle consumer data. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Democratic senators have introduced a big new data privacy plan," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of propose

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for propose

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

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More Definitions for propose

propose

verb

English Language Learners 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.

propose

verb
pro·​pose | \ prə-ˈpōz How to pronounce propose (audio) \
proposed; proposing

Kids Definition of propose

1 : to make a suggestion to be thought over and talked about : suggest
2 : to make plans : intend How do you propose to pay for a new bike?
3 : to make an offer of marriage
4 : to suggest (someone) for filling a place or position I proposed my teacher for the award.

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