pro·​pound | \prə-ˈpau̇nd \
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

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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 The Harvard scholar has in recent years been famous for his clash of civilizations thesis, propounded in 1993, which the recent struggle between the West and militant Islam vindicated. Robert D. Kaplan, WSJ, "How Russia and China Could Come Unhinged," 23 Mar. 2018 No ancient thinkers had propounded such a doctrine. Samuel Moyn, The New Republic, "Hype for the Best," 19 Mar. 2018 Such an expression is interpreted to be a desire to utilize the grievance process as opposed to the solution propounded by the administration. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idaho cheerleaders sue school district, claim they were kicked off squad for sit-in | Idaho Statesman," 28 Feb. 2018 One theory, propounded by opponents of President Donald Trump is that his admiration for Russia’s Vladimir Putin comes down to money, a suggestion Trump has forcefully denied. Marc Champion,, "How a Trump SoHo Partner Ended Up With Toxic Mining Riches From Kazakhstan," 11 Jan. 2018 Barr embraced modernism as a series of intellectual principles, propounded like a science in pedagogical charts. Jason Farago, New York Times, "These Obsessive Men of MoMA Furnished Your Modernist Home," 7 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of propound

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

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