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.


  1. propose

    To propose is to suggest or put forward for consideration, acceptance, or action. It is often used in reference to planning or intending something or presenting a plan or intention to others. This term can also be used in the context of marriage where someone asks their partner to marry them.

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. proposeverb

    A public relation officially favoring someone in the time and place with a particular way of behaving in order to give a potential soulmate the life as being their partner. 1.) Put forward for consideration or discussion by others. 2.) Make an offer of marriage to someone.

    My proposal to my bride is to be faithful and true by striving for our connection to strengthen from now till the end of time and after.

    Etymology: A Contract

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 9, 2024  

  2. 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  

  3. propose

    To ask to marry.

    They did propose to each other through gentle discussion.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

  4. 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  

  5. 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

  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. Lindsey Graham:

    Propose something, Mr. President. And I think Republicans have an obligation to work with Democrats to make it law if we can.

  2. Makan Delrahim:

    We will see what the investigation shows. (Disney) didn't propose to acquire Fox Sports 1 and 2. They didn't acquire Fox Broadcasting and say, you know what, we will combine this with ABC and don't worry about it we'll have an arbitrator decide if prices for advertisers go up or competition for content creators goes down, they had good advice and carved out surgically ... a transaction that might be doable. But again, who knows where that transaction leads.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    We have Republican candidates who propose that rulers like Assad and Putin should be partners of the United States, and who have voted with Barack Obama and Harry Reid rather than with our men and women in uniform.

  4. Vera Jourova:

    As we also witness new threats and actors the time is ripe to go further and propose new measures. The platforms need to become more accountable and transparent. They need to open up and provide better access to data, among others.

  5. Olga Sanchez:

    Not only will it be amnesty, it will be a law to reduce jail time, we will propose decriminalization, create truth commissions, we will attack the causes of poverty, we will give scholarships to the youth and we will work in the field to get them out of the drug situation.

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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 substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
    A sheath
    B leaven
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