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
The dissidents not only embrace the current strategic goals of the trust, but propose to increase the execution pace of the objectives and accelerate acquisition activity.
The big idea, first proposed by hellbender-enthusiast and former director of Animal Collections Ron Goellner, was to build simulated Ozark streams in the zoo.
The Trump administration has proposed slashing conservation programs, food aid, crop insurance and trade programs that help sell American wheat to foreign buyers.
Ben Carson has proposed, in effect, a human experiment.
While Haley conducted her reassurance tour for Syria’s neighbors last week, Trump unveiled a budget proposing sweeping cuts to U.S. foreign aid.
Italy, which hosts one of Europe's largest migrant communities, had proposed having G7 leaders endorse a standalone statement on migration that underscored the international communities obligations to resettle refugees.
In the massive, bottomless void that leaves in the White House, the usual suspects in conservative politics have been allowed to run riot and propose policies in direct opposition to his campaign platform.
In 2013, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls has proposed a cruiser-like ship based on the hull of the San Antonio-class amphibious ships.
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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.
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