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Meaning of propose by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Anglo-Norman proposer ( verb ), propos ( noun ), Middle French proposer ( verb ), propos ( noun ), from pro- + poser .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /pɹəˈpəʊz/, X-SAMPA: /pr\@"p@Uz/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /pɹəˈpoʊz/, X-SAMPA: /pr\@"poUz/
    • Rhymes: -əʊz


    propose ( third-person singular simple present proposes present participle proposing, simple past and past participle proposed )

    1. ( transitive ) To suggest a plan or course of action .
      I propose we go to see a film .
      I propose going to a restaurant .
    2. ( intransitive, followed by to ) To ask for a person's hand in marriage .
      He proposed to her last night and she accepted him .
    3. ( transitive ) To intend .
      He proposes to set up his own business .

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    propose ( plural: proposes )

    1. ( obsolete ) An objective or aim.


Explanation of propose by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc .

    2. He proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism
      She proposed a new theory of relativity
    3. propose or intend

    4. make a proposal, declare a plan for something

    5. the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax
    6. ask ( someone ) to marry you

    7. she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months
    8. put forward

    Definition of propose by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Propose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Proposed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Proposing.] [F. proposer; pref. pro- ( L. pro for, forward ) + poser to place. See Pose, v.]
      1. To set forth. [Obs.]

      That being proposed brimfull of wine, one scarce could lift it up. Chapman.

      2. To offer for consideration, discussion, acceptance, or adoption; as, “to propose terms of peace; to propose a question for discussion; to propose an alliance; to propose a person for office.”

      3. To set before one's self or others as a purpose formed; hence, to purpose; to intend.

      I propose to relate, in several volumes, the history of the people of New England. Palfrey.

      To propose to one's self, to intend; to design.

    2. Propose, v. i.
      1. To speak; to converse. [Obs.]

      There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice,

      Proposing with the prince and Claudio. Shak.

      2. To form or declare a purpose or intention; to lay a scheme; to design; as, “man proposes, but God disposes”.

      3. To offer one's self in marriage.

    3. Propose, n. [F. propos, L. propositum. See Propound, Purpose, n.] Talk; discourse. [Obs.] Shak.