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

  • transitive v. To put forward for consideration; set forth. See Synonyms at propose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put forward; to offer for discussion or debate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To offer for consideration; to exhibit; to propose
  • transitive v. To propose or name as a candidate for admission to communion with a church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put forward; offer for consideration; offer; put or set, as a question; propose.
  • Among Congregationalists, to propose or name as a candidate for admission to membership in a church.

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

  • v. put forward, as of an idea


Alteration of propoune, from Middle English proponen, from Latin prōpōnere, to set forth; see propose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle English proponen ("to put forward"), from Latin proponere ("to put forward"), from pro- ("before") + ponere ("to put") (Wiktionary)



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