pro·​pound | \ prə-ˈpau̇nd How to pronounce propound (audio) \
propounded; propounding; propounds

Definition of propound

transitive verb

: to offer for discussion or consideration

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Other Words from propound

propounder noun

Examples of propound in a Sentence

Her new book expands upon the theory propounded in her first book. let us propound the question whether mercy killing should ever be an option
Recent Examples on the Web But the late-nineteenth-century American upper class largely delighted in the philosophy propounded by the Englishman Herbert Spencer: that the millionaire was not a conniving brute but a product of natural selection. Doug Henwood, Harper's magazine, "To Serve Is to Rule," 28 Oct. 2019 This equation of divine and political power runs counter to the American principle of the separation of church and state, and propounds an elitist, even totalitarian view of politics. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Family’s Big Secret Is Hiding in Plain Sight," 14 Aug. 2019 In the case of reparations, this would mean Democrats propounding an idea even more unpopular than Mr Trump’s policy of tearing migrant children from their parents. The Economist, "The idea of reparations for slavery is a morally appealing but flawed," 29 June 2019 In it, Socrates propounds his theory of love, introducing the concept of Platonic love, which formed the basis of his theory of ideal forms. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘Socrates in Love’ Review: A Vigorous, Brilliant Young Man," 17 May 2019 British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Friday that Brexit talks had hit a logjam, calling on European leaders to propound new proposals. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Government Bond Prices Finish Fourth Week of Losses," 21 Sep. 2018 Many leading Republicans have turned away from the robust internationalism propounded by Mr. McCain toward a more limited role for the U.S. advocated by President Trump. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "John McCain’s Death Leaves Foreign-Policy Void," 26 Aug. 2018 The once-obscure Goldwater rule, propounded by the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 to prevent reckless speculation by psychiatrists about public figures, has become a flashpoint. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018 There was one standard of justice for Hillary Clinton, and that was propounded by the Obama Justice Department and FBI headed by James Comey. Fox News, "DeSantis and Gaetz on GOP calls for criminal investigations," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of propound

circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propound

alteration of earlier propone, from Middle English (Scots) proponen, from Latin proponere to display, propound, from pro- before + ponere to put, place — more at pro-, position

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of propound was circa 1531

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English Language Learners Definition of propound

formal : to suggest (an idea, theory, etc.) to a person or group of people to consider

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