propose

The verb propose means "to suggest a plan," like the most well-known thing to propose: marriage. If you propose to your girlfriend, you propose getting married, and you probably give her a ring, too.

The word propose comes from the Old French root words pro, meaning "forth" and poser, meaning "put, place." Using propose to refer to an offer of marriage was first recorded in the 1700s but the verb also has other meanings. It can mean to present for consideration or criticism, like proposing a four-day school week or "to nominate someone for an elected office or official post."

Definitions of propose
1

v present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.

“He proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism”
“She proposed a new theory of relativity”
Synonyms:
project
Types:
offer
put forward for consideration
introduce
put before (a body)
Type of:
plan
make plans for something

v put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position

Synonyms:
nominate
Types:
nominate, put forward, put up
propose as a candidate for some honor
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v propose or intend

Synonyms:
aim, purport, purpose
Type of:
intend, mean, think
have in mind as a purpose

v make a proposal, declare a plan for something

“the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax”
Synonyms:
advise, suggest
Types:
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advocate, recommend, urge
push for something
advance, throw out
bring forward for consideration or acceptance
proposition
suggest sex to
feed back
respond to a query or outcome
posit, put forward, state, submit
put before
make a motion, move
propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
Type of:
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively

v ask (someone) to marry you

“she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months”
Synonyms:
declare oneself, offer, pop the question
Type of:
request
ask (a person) to do something

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