propose

verb pro·pose \ prə-ˈpōz \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of propose

proposed; proposing
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
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

proposer

noun

Examples of propose in a Sentence

  1. The scientists proposed a new theory.

  2. The mayor proposed a plan for a new bridge.

  3. Several senators have proposed raising the tax.

  4. I propose that we revise the bylaws.

  5. They propose to buy a new house.

  6. How do you propose solving this problem?

  7. The chairman proposed the young executive as a candidate for promotion.

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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

propose Synonyms



PROPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

propose

verb

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

propose

verb pro·pose \ prə-ˈpōz \

Definition of propose for Students

proposed; proposing
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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