Propose definition and meaning

Propose definition: If you propose something such as a plan or an idea , you suggest it for people to think… | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples

Definition of ’propose’

Word Frequency


propose


(


prəp



z



)

Word forms:


proposes


,


proposing


,


proposed


1.


transitive verb

If you

propose

something such as a plan or an idea, you suggest it for people to think about and
decide upon.


Hamilton proposed a change in the traditional debating format.


2.


transitive verb

If you

propose

to do something, you intend to do it.


It’s still far from clear what action the government proposes to take over the affair.


3.


transitive verb

If you

propose

a motion for debate, or a candidate for election, you begin the debate or the election
procedure by formally stating your support for that motion or candidate.


He has proposed a resolution limiting the role of U.S. troops.


4.


transitive verb


/


intransitive verb

If you

propose to

someone, or

propose marriage


to

them, you ask them to marry you.


He proposed to his girlfriend over a public-address system.


More Synonyms of

propose


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propose

Word Frequency


propose


in American English


(


prəˈpoʊz



)


verb transitive

Word forms:


proˈposed


or


proˈposing


1.

to put

forth

for consideration or

acceptance


2.

to

purpose

, plan, or intend


3.

to

present

as a toast in drinking


4.

to nominate (someone) for

membership

,

office

, etc.


verb intransitive


5.

to make a

proposal

; form or

declare

a purpose or design


6.

to offer marriage


SIMILAR WORDS:


inˈtend

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Derived forms



proposer


(

proˈposer

)


noun

Word origin

LME < OFr

proposer

, altered (infl. by

poser:

see

pose

1


) < L

proponere

(pp.

propositus

), to set forth, display, propose: see

pro-

2


&

position

Word Frequency


propose


in British English


(


prəˈpəʊz



)


verb


1.



(


when

tr, may take a clause as object

)


2.



(

transitive

)

to

nominate

, as for a position


3.



(

transitive

)

to plan or

intend

(to do something)
I propose to leave town now


4.



(

transitive

)

to

announce

the drinking of (a

toast

) to (the

health

of someone, etc)


5.


(


intransitive



;

often foll by


to


)

to make an

offer

of

marriage

(to someone)

Collins English Dictionary

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Derived forms



proposable


(

proˈposable

)


adjective



proposer


(

proˈposer

)


noun

Word origin

C14: from Old French

proposer,

from Latin

prōpōnere

to display, from

pro-


1

+

pōnere

to place

Examples of ‘propose’ in a sentence

propose


Read more…


He

argued

that the government does not

understand

how

difficult

and

expensive

the proposed plan would be to

implement

.


Computing



(

2010

)


She is

also


rich

and is

going

to

London

to propose marriage to a

young

man in her father’s office.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


Then during our first

season

we

heard

about a proposed

bypass

that was going

ahead

– less than 100

m

from our

caravan

.


The Sun



(

2016

)


What is the

correct

procedure for proposing the

loyal

toast?


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


You hear a

lot

of

horror


stories

about proposing and things going horribly

wrong

.


The Sun



(

2010

)


How could he have proposed marriage and not meant it?


The Sun



(

2008

)


One of them proposes a

devious

plan.


Jonathan Wright


Ambassadors: From Ancient Greece to the Nation State



(

2006

)


Once again plans were proposed to

extend

the area of

arable

lands and the number of

cattle

.


Aganbegyan, Abel


Inside Perestroika: The Future of the Soviet Economy



(

1990

)


He

denied

it and

said

he was planning to propose to me.


The Sun



(

2013

)


He was thinking about whether to propose in

bed

or if he should

wait

until he had a

ring

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2014

)

Show more…


She had proposed marriage to him.


Christina Dodd


SOMEDAY MY PRINCE



(

1999

)


She

claims

he once proposed marriage.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2013

)


The proposed

tax

plan is

imperfect

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2006

)


If a toast is proposed at a

royal


banquet

, she

merely


pretends

to take a

sip

.


Brian Hoey


AT HOME WITH THE QUEEN: The Inside Story of the Royal Household



(

2002

)


When the

millionaire

proposes marriage, the

lover


resorts

to manipulation.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2007

)


I was to propose the toast on

behalf

of his

guests

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2008

)


I proposed a toast to his

continued


wellbeing

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


When the

elders


finished


sparring

, they

approved

the

curriculum

proposed in the motion and moved on to another

issue

.


Christianity Today



(

2000

)


Each time one of us takes a drink, the others have to drink as

well

and propose a toast.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


We do not

see

his lack of

direct


fund


management


experience

as an

obstacle

to

success

in his proposed

role

as

chairman

of

F

&C.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2010

)


In proposing the motion, a

doctor

did suggest that top-up

fees


might

be one

possible


option

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2013

)


The proposed

strike

motion

will


come

into

effect

if there is no’significant

progress

‘ in

talks

with

bosses

.


The Sun



(

2014

)


The

biggest


concern

is the lack of

detail

about the proposed new,

independent

privatisation fund that eurozone

leaders


insisted

should be part of any bailout

programme

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2015

)


So much that has been said about a proposed British

bill

of

rights

since 2006 cannot be taken

seriously

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2016

)


The

controversy

was

heightened

by the

fact

that the motion was proposed by the

union

of

prison


officers

, who are

restricted

on what action they can take.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2012

)


The

Tories

could back a motion proposed by the

Commons


standards


committee

to

delay

all

reforms

until an independent

review

is

published

.


Times, Sunday Times



(

2009

)

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propose

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In other languages

propose


British English

:


propose


prəˈpəʊz

/

VERB

If you

propose

a plan or idea, you suggest it.
They proposed a peace plan.


American English

:


propose


prəˈpoʊz

/


Arabic

:

يَقْتَرِح


Brazilian Portuguese

:

propor


Chinese

:


提议


Croatian

:

predložiti


Czech

:

navrhnout


Danish

:

foreslå


Dutch

:

voorstellen


European Spanish

:


proponer


Finnish

:

ehdottaa


French

:


proposer


German

:


vorschlagen


Greek

:

προτείνω


Italian

:


proporre


Japanese

:

提案する


Korean

:

제안하다


Norwegian

:

foreslå


Polish

:

zaproponować


European Portuguese

:


propor


Romanian

:

a propune


Russian

:

предлагать


Spanish

:


proponer


Swedish

:

föreslå


Thai

:

เสนอ


Turkish

:

önermek


Ukrainian

:

пропонувати


Vietnamese

:

đề xuất


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