from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put forward for consideration, discussion, or adoption; suggest: propose a change in the law.
  • transitive v. To recommend (a person) for a position, office, or membership; nominate.
  • transitive v. To offer (a toast to be drunk).
  • transitive v. To make known as one's intention; purpose or intend: proposed to buy and run a farm.
  • intransitive v. To form or make a proposal, especially of marriage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To suggest a plan or course of action.
  • v. To ask for a person's hand in marriage.
  • v. To intend.
  • v. To talk.
  • n. An objective or aim.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Talk; discourse.
  • intransitive v. To speak; to converse.
  • intransitive v. To form or declare a purpose or intention; to lay a scheme; to design.
  • intransitive v. To offer one's self in marriage.
  • transitive v. To set forth.
  • transitive v. To offer for consideration, discussion, acceptance, or adoption
  • transitive v. To set before one's self or others as a purpose formed; hence, to purpose; to intend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put forward or offer for consideration, discussion, acceptance, admission, or adoption: as, to propose a bill or resolution to a legislative body; to propose a question or subject for discussion; to propose one as a member of a club.
  • To place before as something to be done, attained, or striven after; form or declare as an intention or design.
  • To set or place forth; place out; state.
  • To place one's self before; face; confront.
  • To speak; utter; discourse.
  • Synonyms To propound, present, suggest, recommend, move, enounce.
  • To intend, mean, design.
  • To form or declare an intention or design.
  • To offer; specifically, to make an offer of marriage.
  • To converse; discourse.
  • In systematic biol., to use (a new name) without complying with the technical requirements of publication. See publication, 5.
  • In solo whist, to offer to take eight tricks with the assistance of a partner.
  • n. Talk; discourse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. propose or intend
  • v. present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.
  • v. ask (someone) to marry you
  • v. put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position
  • v. make a proposal, declare a plan for something


Middle English proposen, from Old French proposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin prōpōnere : prō-, forth; see pro- + pōnere, to put.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman proposer (verb), propos (noun), Middle French proposer (verb), propos (noun), from pro- + poser. (Wiktionary)



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