Other forms: proposed; proposing; proposes

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. verb
    present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.
    “She proposed a new theory of relativity”
    synonyms: project
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    put forward for consideration
    put before (a body)
    type of:
    make plans for something
  2. verb
    put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position
    synonyms: nominate
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    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
  3. verb
    propose or intend
    synonyms: aim, purport, purpose
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    type of:
    intend, mean, think
    have in mind as a purpose
  4. verb
    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
    “the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax”
    synonyms: advise, suggest
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    advocate, recommend, urge
    push for something
    advance, throw out
    bring forward for consideration or acceptance
    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:
    state emphatically and authoritatively
  5. verb
    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
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    type of:
    ask (a person) to do something




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