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 After a wave of backlash about its governance and proposed valuation, WeWork’s parent company is reportedly mulling reforms to set investors at ease and smooth the way for a successful initial public offering. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "How WeWork stacks up with the big IPOs of 2019 on gender balance," 11 Sep. 2019 Governor Charlie Baker has proposed an $18 billion transportation bond bill that would help fund the T’s 13-year maintenance backlog, as well as expansion efforts. Real Estate, "Will transportation woes drive down home prices?," 4 Sep. 2019 String of reforms Today’s measures come exactly a week after Sitharaman proposed a Rs70,000-crore public sector bank recapitalisation plan, aimed at alleviating the liquidity squeeze in the economy, and ensuring easy credit availability. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Through mega mergers India’s Modi government is creating fewer, stronger banks," 30 Aug. 2019 Although measures have been proposed that would raise Indiana’s tax on cigarettes, the effort so far has gone nowhere. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'We know we have our work cut out for us': Gov. Holcomb unveils plan to combat teen vaping," 29 Aug. 2019 In August 2018 the administration proposed an eight-year freeze of the greenhouse gas standards. Oliver Milman, Scientific American, "The Silenced: Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by the Trump Administration," 17 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration also proposed a new enforcement policy that would require e-cigarette makers to take their flavored products off the market. Jen Christensen, CNN, "New York state bans most flavors of e-cigarettes," 17 Sep. 2019 No one is proposing a middle/high-school switch this time. Leslie Postal,, "Orange County high school start times: District offers 3 options for later bells," 16 Sep. 2019 Warren also proposes holding the Supreme Court to a code of conduct and establishing a new U.S. Office of Public Integrity to strengthen ethics enforcement. Zak Hudak, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren uses Trump family to illustrate need for anti-corruption plan," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of propose was in the 14th century

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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.


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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