One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object Generally. To put forward, set forth, or propose for consideration, acceptance, or adoption; to propound as a question or matter for decision.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin prōpōnere to expose to view, exhibit, to post up, publish, to give notice of, announce, to place in front, to bring to the attention, to imagine, to bear in mind, to offer, propose, suggest, to destine, appoint, to set out, state, to plan, purpose, intend from prō- + pōnere to put, place. Compare Spanish proponer, Portuguese propor, Italian proporre, and also Middle Dutch proponēren (Dutch proponeeren, † proponeren).
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