WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
pro•pose /prəˈpoʊz/USA pronunciation
v., -posed, -pos•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- 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.
- to offer (a toast):[~ + object]I propose a toast: to success!
- [~ + object] to name or nominate (a person) for office, membership, etc.
- to plan;
intend:[~ + to + verb]He proposes to leave by five.
- to make an offer, esp. of marriage: [~ + object]She proposed marriage.[no object]He proposed and she accepted.[~ + to + object]He proposed to her.
(prə pōz′),USA pronunciation v., -posed, -pos•ing. v.t.
- to offer or suggest (a matter, subject, case, etc.) for consideration, acceptance, or action:to propose a new method.
- to offer (a toast).
- to suggest:He proposed that a messenger be sent.
- to present or nominate (a person) for some position, office, membership, etc.
- to put before oneself as something to be done;
- to present to the mind or attention;
- to propound (a question, riddle, etc.).
- to make an offer or suggestion, esp. of marriage.
- to form or consider a purpose or design.
- 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.
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propose /prəˈpəʊz/ vb
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French proposer, from Latin prōpōnere to display, from pro-1 + pōnere to placeproˈposable adj proˈposer n
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to put forward (a plan, motion, etc) for consideration or action
- (transitive) to nominate, as for a position
- (transitive) to plan or intend (to do something): I propose to leave town now
- (transitive) to announce the drinking of (a toast) to (the health of someone, etc)
- (intransitive) often followed by to: to make an offer of marriage (to someone)
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