WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
pro•pose /prəˈpoʊz/USA pronunciation   v.,  -posed, -pos•ing. 
  1. to offer for consideration, acceptance, or action;
    suggest: [+ object]to propose a new method.[+ (that) clause]I propose that we do away with all those taxes.
  2. to offer (a toast):[+ object]I propose a toast: to success!
  3. [+ object] to name or nominate (a person) for office, membership, etc.
  4. to plan;
    intend:[+ to + verb]He proposes to leave by five.
  5. to make an offer, esp. of marriage: [+ object]She proposed marriage.[no object]He proposed and she accepted.[+ to + object]He proposed to her.
See -pos-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
pro•pose  (prə pōz),USA pronunciation v.,  -posed, -pos•ing. 
  1. to offer or suggest (a matter, subject, case, etc.) for consideration, acceptance, or action:to propose a new method.
  2. to offer (a toast).
  3. to suggest:He proposed that a messenger be sent.
  4. to present or nominate (a person) for some position, office, membership, etc.
  5. to put before oneself as something to be done;
  6. to present to the mind or attention;
  7. to propound (a question, riddle, etc.).

  1. to make an offer or suggestion, esp. of marriage.
  2. to form or consider a purpose or design.
pro•posa•ble, adj. 
pro•poser, n. 
  • Middle French proposer (see pro-1, pose1), by association with derivatives of Latin prōpositus, past participle of prōpōnere to set forth. See propositus
  • Middle English 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged proffer, tender, suggest, recommend, present.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged name.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged plan. See  intend. 
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pose, posit.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged withdraw.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

propose /prəˈpəʊz/ vb
  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to put forward (a plan, motion, etc) for consideration or action
  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 followed by to: to make an offer of marriage (to someone)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French proposer, from Latin prōpōnere to display, from pro-1 + pōnere to place

proˈposable adj proˈposer n

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Collocations: proposed (marriage) to her, propose a [change, toast, law], propose the [following, same, latter], more...

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