Definition of propose in English:

propose

verb

  • 1[with object] Put forward (a plan or suggestion) for consideration by others:

    ‘he proposed a new nine-point peace plan’
    [with clause] ‘I proposed that the government should retain a 51 per cent stake in the company’
    • ‘There are several issues to be considered in proposing any innovative scheme such as this.’
    • ‘And in fact, they're not proposing a peace plan.’
    • ‘He was opposed to orthodoxy of any kind; he proposed no gods or explanations of how the world came into being.’
    • ‘He is also a bold thinker who proposed civil servants' salary cuts.’
    • ‘Part of the process of establishing the benefit of a care order will be consideration of the care plan proposed by the local authority.’
    • ‘Later, it says: ‘Although they might be thoroughly decent places to live, it's still hard to propose any serious tourist investigation.’’
    • ‘She proposed workers could put in 12-hour shifts, four days at a time, instead of the current five-day schedule.’
    • ‘The plan was proposed because many of the hospital's 16 buildings, some of which date back to 1908, need major repairs.’
    • ‘The president first proposed his guest worker program a year ago.’
    • ‘He's proposed lowering the class size and putting 100,000 teachers out into our schools.’
    • ‘The bill proposes a new family of interlocking, flexible accounts.’
    • ‘Public sector workers also need to actively recruit to their unions by explaining what the plans mean and by proposing a strategy for fighting them.’
    • ‘He proposes a lucid plan that really deserves immediate attention by policymakers.’
    • ‘Now it's proposed the bottom teams in both sections be relegated.’
    • ‘At the end of the last Congressional session, a legalization program for undocumented farm laborers was proposed.’
    • ‘However, he said the council had questioned the figure proposed by the City Sanitation Agency.’
    • ‘On top of that you have to add all the other spending he's proposed.’
    • ‘In what follows I try to analyze what gave rise to this choice for the public, and propose a plan for moving on.’
    • ‘The conference voted for complete opposition to the Lyons report, which first proposed these plans.’
    • ‘The Town Council proposed a target figure of 75 per cent affordable housing.’
    put forward, suggest, advance, offer, present, move, submit, prefer, file, lodge, table, initiate, bring, bring forward, come up with, tender, bid, project, recommend, advocate, propound, proffer, posit
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    1. 1.1 Nominate (someone) for an elected office or as a member of a society:
      ‘Roy Thomson was proposed as chairman’
      • ‘Any member of the Association is eligible to propose a candidate.’
      • ‘Proposing her for the seat he said he was proud to propose her for ‘the position her beloved father held’.’
      • ‘I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, should lie to you.’
      • ‘The candidates were proposed, seconded and, after signing the party pledge, were declared selected by the chairman.’
      • ‘Before a Branch can become official, it must propose officers, have a constitution, and establish a bank account.’
      • ‘However, in 1986 its conference included enough rampant members to reject this list and to propose candidates from the floor of the meeting.’
      • ‘I'd like to propose my own candidate for the most loathsome display of demagoguery in the past 25 years.’
      • ‘Under the new system, registered voters will be able to sign a petition form placed in Garda stations and local authorities proposing a candidate.’
      • ‘Each commission will propose one candidate to fill each vacancy.’
      • ‘‘He has told me that he will propose me and I'm confident I will be seconded by a family member.’’
      • ‘After he retired in 1992, he asked a friend to propose him as a member.’
      • ‘In filling a vacancy according to Article V, section 5, the president shall ask the existing Nominating Committee to propose two candidates.’
      • ‘He was proposed by President Sadat of Egypt and elected by acclamation.’
      • ‘They proposed her for membership and she was accepted.’
      • ‘The new directors were proposed by Acquisitor, which failed in a previous attempt to gain control of the board.’
      • ‘It said it will provide technical support in risk management, financial management and internal audit, as well as propose a director for the board.’
      • ‘I was elected, after somebody proposed me, so they wanted me.’
      • ‘Anne is proposed as honorary Scot in chief, mascot to the Scottish rugby XV and, in general, Scotia's darling.’
      • ‘The only other candidate was a woman proposed by left wing parties.’
      • ‘He continued he'd no doubt she would make an excellent councillor for the Ward 3 area and he had great pleasure in proposing her for the seat.’
      nominate, put forward, put up, name, suggest, submit, present, recommend
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    2. 1.2 Put forward (a motion) to a legislature or committee:
      ‘the government put its slim majority to the test by proposing a vote of confidence’
      • ‘He proposed the motion that urged a united campaign.’
      • ‘He proposed a motion that no further action is taken at this time, and the committee agreed to this.’
      • ‘At Monday night's monthly meeting of Council, he proposed a motion that action be taken prior to the accession of the new member states in May.’
      • ‘She will propose a motion requesting the council adjourn it until May 21.’
      • ‘He would not be able to live down the embarrassment in the event of someone telephoning him, as it was he who proposed the motion at committee to ban mobiles.’
      • ‘While the question prompted discussion, his attempt to speak again on the matter and to propose a motion for recommendation was over-ruled on a point of order.’
      • ‘At last week's Carlow town council meeting a resident of Grave Lane requested that the council propose a motion to change the name to Park Lane.’
      • ‘The ministry hasn't decided whether it will propose a motion to reverse the legislative resolution this week, he said.’
      • ‘Anyway, someone proposes the motion and someone else opposes it.’
      • ‘Both motions were proposed and seconded and all Councillors present voted in favour of both contraventions.’
      • ‘The independent councillors are to propose a motion tomorrow to cast the vote again, this time recording the result.’
      • ‘In proposing the motion, he also said that it was a case of putting money before anything else.’
      • ‘She told the Evening Press that the motion proposed by her party had merely said it would be unacceptable to seek to impose such a charge.’
      • ‘Indeed at last Council I proposed two motions that got full Council backing.’
      • ‘Those countries are proposing a motion that would see the UN dole out cash to countries that protect rainforests.’
      • ‘He had begun by proposing a motion saying that the new road sweeper belonging to Laois County Council was ‘doing an excellent job’ and he hoped it would be kept busy.’
      • ‘A motion is proposed that would be a Good Thing.’
      • ‘The veteran pro-democracy lawmaker proposed a motion in the legislature yesterday to call for his resignation.’
      • ‘However, halving the time allocated to proposing a motion to five minutes and allowing seconders a mere two-and-a-half minutes to explain their position is too blunt an instrument.’
      • ‘He was proposing the motion calling on dog owners to ensure they have them under control at all times.’
    3. 1.3[with infinitive] Intend to do something:
      ‘he proposed to attend the meeting’
      • ‘As we have previously pointed out, we are not proposing to attend the hearing of your Application.’
      intend, have the intention, mean, plan, have plans, set out, have in mind, have in view, resolve, be resolved, aim, purpose, contemplate, think of, aspire, desire, want, wish, expect
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  • 2[no object] Make an offer of marriage to someone:

    ‘I have already proposed to Sarah’
    [with object] ‘one girl proposed marriage to him on the spot’
    • ‘Well, the day before she sent to Lord Jedburgh explaining that she had to leave, it seems that a highly inebriated Don Ramirez proposed to her and insisted that she accept.’
    • ‘Jack has meanwhile proposed to Gwendolen in town, also under the name of Earnest.’
    • ‘I went out with him for four years and then he proposed to me.’
    • ‘In May he proposed to Maria, who declined him marriage but wished him the best.’
    • ‘Within weeks I had proposed to her and she readily accepted.’
    • ‘He has not proposed to my character yet, but he is going to.’
    • ‘He proposed to his girlfriend over the radio before the race.’
    • ‘I had just turned sixteen and as a present Jimmy proposed to me.’
    • ‘Come to think of it, he could have proposed to her last night.’
    • ‘Mind, it is about time that you proposed to Clara, but you ought at least have spoken with your father beforehand.’
    • ‘Charles finally got the courage you have, and proposed to Sophia.’
    • ‘There he proposed marriage, was refused, and next proposed to Iseult, who gave no definite answer.’
    • ‘That silly southern girl's name hadn't been mentioned since Daniel had proposed to Elizabeth.’
    • ‘I thought he was, too, because he proposed to me after two months.’
    • ‘But then if you believed as I did, you would have agreed to marry Frank the first time he proposed to you.’
    • ‘Matt had learned not to keep secrets and had proposed to her.’
    • ‘It had been about two weeks ago, a few days after he'd proposed to Evangelina, and he was on his way to meet his fiancée at the cathedral to check it out as a potential wedding location.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, George had proposed to Jane when they were just kids.’
    • ‘He even proposed to that wench and wanted to start a family!’
    • ‘The fact that she had actually proposed to him was irrelevant.’
    ask someone to marry you, make an offer of marriage, offer marriage, ask for someone's hand in marriage
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Phrases

  • propose a toast (or propose someone's health)

    • Ask a group of people at a social occasion to drink to the health and happiness of a specified person:

      ‘the Lord Mayor proposed a toast to the Queen’
      • ‘While I was speaking, the waiter filled the wine glasses and when I had concluded my speech, the president of the club stood up and proposed a toast to the Queen.’
      • ‘I take three glasses from the cupboard, remove a bottle from the case, pop the cork, fill the glasses, and propose a toast to their health.’
      • ‘She proposed a toast to our health (the usual) and sat back down amid clapping.’
      • ‘When I mentioned a party where I'd proposed a toast, he said with a trace of regret, ‘I'm told you speak very well.’’
      • ‘At a recent charity lunch for women, someone proposed a toast to ‘our sisters in America’.’
      • ‘He got to his feet, waved rather wildly for calm, and raised his glass to propose a toast which raised eyebrows higher than glasses.’
      • ‘Before we left, I proposed a toast (a little odd to do with iced tea, but it seemed appropriate).’
      • ‘A 22-piece big band will be performing on the night and guests will propose a toast to all World War Two veterans at midnight.’
      • ‘The night before last, as I laid in bed, it occurred to me that I should propose a toast to my father and I began to think of all the things I wanted to say.’
      • ‘I said a few words and proposed a toast to the happy couple.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French proposer, from Latin proponere (see proponent), but influenced by Latin propositus put or set forth and Old French poser to place.

Pronunciation:

propose

/prəˈpəʊz/