What does propose mean?

Definitions for propose

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. propose, suggest, adviseverb

    make a proposal, declare a plan for something

    "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"

  2. project, proposeverb

    present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.

    "He proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism"; "She proposed a new theory of relativity"

  3. aim, purpose, purport, proposeverb

    propose or intend

    "I aim to arrive at noon"

  4. nominate, proposeverb

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

    "The President nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission"

  5. propose, declare oneself, offer, pop the questionverb

    ask (someone) to marry you

    "he popped the question on Sunday night"; "she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months"; "The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman"


  1. proposenoun

    An objective or aim.

  2. proposeverb

    To suggest a plan or course of action.

  3. proposeverb

    To ask for a person's hand in marriage.

    He proposed to her last night and she accepted him.

  4. proposeverb

    To intend.

    He proposes to set up his own business.

  5. Etymology: From proposer (verb), propos (noun), proposer (verb), propos (noun), from pro- + poser.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PROPOSEverb

    To offer to the consideration.

    Etymology: proposer, Fr. propono, Lat.

    Raphael to Adam’s doubt propos’d,
    Benevolent and facil thus reply’d. John Milton.

    My design is to treat only of those, who have chiefly proposed to themselves the latter as the principal reward of their labours. Tatler, №. 81.

    In learning any thing, there should be as little as possible first proposed to the mind at once, and that being understood, proceed then to the next adjoining part. Isaac Watts.

  2. To Proposeverb

    To lay schemes. Not in use.

    Run thee into the parlour,
    There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice,
    Proposing with the prince and Claudio. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propose

    to set forth

  2. Propose

    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. Propose

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

  4. Proposeverb

    to speak; to converse

  5. Proposeverb

    to form or declare a purpose or intention; to lay a scheme; to design; as, man proposes, but God disposes

  6. Proposeverb

    to offer one's self in marriage

  7. Proposenoun

    talk; discourse

  8. Etymology: [F. proposer; pref. pro- (L. pro for, forward) + poser to place. See Pose, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Propose

    prō-pōz′, v.t. to put forward or offer for consideration, &c.: to purpose or intend: (obs.) to place out, state, utter, discourse: (Shak.) to face, confront.—v.i. to form an intention or design: to offer, especially marriage: (Shak.) to converse—n. (obs.) talk, discourse.—n. Propō′sal, anything proposed: terms or conditions proposed.—n. Propō′ser. [Fr.,—pfx. pro-, poser, to place.]

Editors Contribution

  1. propose

    An appropriate, just, practical, rational and logical plan of action.

    They did propose a just and fair solution for everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

  2. propose

    To ask to marry.

    They did propose to each other through gentle discussion.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

  3. propose

    To create an intention with a person.

    They did propose marriage to each other and both accepted each other for a life long commitment.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

  4. propose

    To intend.

    They did propose their colleague for election.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'propose' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2544

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'propose' in Verbs Frequency: #287

Anagrams for propose »

  1. opposer, poopers

  2. Poopers

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of propose in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of propose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of propose in a Sentence

  1. Henry David Thoreau, Walden; Where I Lived, And What I Lived For:

    I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake his neighbours up.

  2. Brian Kemp:

    President Biden took office in January of 2021, and to understand why we are in this current state of record-high inflation and costs to the average American family, people can simply track his first year of misguided policy decisions, because of our strong, fiscally conservative approach to budgeting, Lt. Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston and I can confidently propose a state motor fuel tax suspension to curb sky-high gas prices while also returning money back to hardworking Georgians through a tax refund and an income tax cut.

  3. Chris Smith:

    The scenarios that we investigate in this study are really at the extreme optimistic end of what could be done without negative emissions or killing off power plants or cars before their time, while the solution we propose is technically possible, it still doesn't look particularly likely. However, I would claim that mapping it out is a good starting point, and consistent with the definition of an infrastructure commitment. It would be interesting to see if, or how, some of The Results change with perhaps more real-world assumptions.

  4. Jon Voight:

    There are a lot of conservatives in Hollywood, and they’re not very welcome, Voight told the December issue of Cigar Afficiando. It’s a big surprise that we’ve come to this juncture where people with patriotic thoughts could not find a home in Hollywood. i think the word ‘progressive’ is a very devious term. It was created as a substitute for ‘communist,’ he said. What they propose is the reverse of progress. It’s some that that does taste of communism and Karl Marx’s pernicious philosophy.

  5. Charles Babbage:

    Propose to any englishman any principle, or any instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the english mind is directed to find a difficulty, defect or an impossibility in it.

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  • اقترحArabic
  • proposarCatalan, Valencian
  • navrhnoutCzech
  • foreslå, friDanish
  • vorschlagen, einen Heiratsantrag machenGerman
  • προτείνω, κάνω πρόταση γάμου, προτίθεμαιGreek
  • pedir la mano, proponerSpanish
  • پیشنهاد کردن, خواستن, خواستگاریPersian
  • ehdottaa, aikoa, kosia, ehdotella, esittääFinnish
  • proposer, demander en mariageFrench
  • javasolHungarian
  • proponerInterlingua
  • mengusulkanIndonesian
  • proporre il matrimonio, proporreItalian
  • 求婚, 結婚を申し込む, プロポーズ, 申し込むJapanese
  • 의도하다, 제안하다, 구애하다Korean
  • پێشنیازکردن, داوای ده‌س کردنKurdish
  • marohi, uaki, mārohirohi, taka mahara, taka whakaaro, whakatūMāori
  • voorstellen, ten huwelijk vragenDutch
  • foreslå, friNorwegian
  • zamierzać, zaproponować, proponować, oświadczać się, oświadczyć sięPolish
  • propor, pretender, pedir a mãoPortuguese
  • a cere în căsătorie, peți, sugestiona, propuneRomanian
  • делать предложение, просить руки, предложить, предлагать, попросить руки, сделать предложениеRussian
  • fria, föreslåSwedish
  • запропонуватиUkrainian
  • cầu hônVietnamese

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    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    • A. secession
    • B. jab
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