What does propose mean?

Definitions for propose

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word propose.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. propose, suggest, advise(verb)

    make a proposal, declare a plan for something

    "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"

  2. project, propose(verb)

    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, propose(verb)

    propose or intend

    "I aim to arrive at noon"

  4. nominate, propose(verb)

    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 question(verb)

    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. propose(Noun)

    An objective or aim.

  2. propose(Verb)

    To suggest a plan or course of action.

  3. propose(Verb)

    To ask for a person's hand in marriage.

    He proposed to her last night and she accepted him.

  4. propose(Verb)

    To intend.

    He proposes to set up his own business.

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

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. Propose(verb)

    to speak; to converse

  5. Propose(verb)

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

  6. Propose(verb)

    to offer one's self in marriage

  7. Propose(noun)

    talk; discourse

  8. Origin: [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.]

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. Sergio Mattarella:

    I propose to be the defense lawyer of the Italian people.

  2. Another League official:

    We certainly don't want to re-propose solutions from the past.

  3. Amanda Murff:

    That was dumb and dangerous and there are far more creative ways to propose.

  4. Prime Minister Juha Sipila:

    This government will not propose a referendum on leaving the European Union.

  5. Juan Guaido:

    If the Americans were to propose a military intervention I would probably accept it.

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  • اقترحArabic
  • proposarCatalan, Valencian
  • navrhnoutCzech
  • fri, foreslåDanish
  • vorschlagen, einen Heiratsantrag machenGerman
  • προτείνω, κάνω πρόταση γάμου, προτίθεμαιGreek
  • proponer, pedir la manoSpanish
  • خواستن, خواستگاری, پیشنهاد کردنPersian
  • esittää, aikoa, ehdotella, kosia, ehdottaaFinnish
  • proposer, demander en mariageFrench
  • javasolHungarian
  • proponerInterlingua
  • mengusulkanIndonesian
  • proporre il matrimonio, proporreItalian
  • 申し込む, 求婚, 結婚を申し込む, プロポーズJapanese
  • 구애하다, 의도하다, 제안하다Korean
  • پێشنیازکردن, داوای ده‌س کردنKurdish
  • taka mahara, whakatū, taka whakaaro, mārohirohi, marohi, uakiMāori
  • ten huwelijk vragen, voorstellenDutch
  • foreslå, friNorwegian
  • oświadczyć się, zaproponować, zamierzać, proponować, oświadczać sięPolish
  • pedir a mão, propor, pretenderPortuguese
  • propune, a cere în căsătorie, sugestiona, pețiRomanian
  • сделать предложение, предлагать, предложить, просить руки, делать предложение, попросить рукиRussian
  • föreslå, friaSwedish
  • запропонуватиUkrainian

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