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 Gewen has every right to propound that view in his own books and essays. Jim Sleeper, The New Republic, "The Inevitability of Defending Henry Kissinger," 13 Aug. 2020 The minority view, propounded by Dr. Hoyle and subscribed to in part by the Burbidges, is known as steady-state theory. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "E. Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Blazed Trails on Earth, Dies at 100," 6 Apr. 2020 Before Albert Einstein propounded his theory of relativity in the early 20th century, it was assumed that matter could ultimately be broken down into indivisible indestructible parts. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 But while millions have read unsupported theories propounded in dark corners of the internet, some have been prompted to act violently. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "Accused of Killing a Gambino Mob Boss, He’s Presenting a Novel Defense," 6 Dec. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of propound was circa 1531

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“Propound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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