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
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.
PROPOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of propose for Students
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