Definition of propound in English:



[with object]
  • Put forward (an idea or theory) for consideration by others.

    ‘he began to propound the idea of a ‘social monarchy’ as an alternative to Franco’
    • ‘I'm not propounding a solid theory, here.’
    • ‘The researchers who propound these theories and the doctors administering these treatments, by contrast, are regarded as courageous pioneers battling against official indifference and dogma.’
    • ‘In the middle of nineteenth century Karl Marx propounded the theory of historical and dialectical materialism.’
    • ‘Then the remark is taken up, carried a few miles, a theory is propounded and someone loses a reputation.’
    • ‘He was the first economist of note to propound the idea of ‘optimum currency areas’ of which the euro-area is the first.’
    • ‘He is not alone; many in India have propounded this theory lately.’
    • ‘He's written several popular books propounding his theories.’
    • ‘This runs contrary to the Zoroastrian doctrine of dualism, which propounds the idea of two conflicting powers - good and evil.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this lands him in the predicament of propounding a nonfalsifiable theory.’
    • ‘Has the postmodernists' faith in the viability of assimilating and propounding notions in fundamental tension with each other been lost?’
    • ‘Socrates, Plato and Aristotle propounded theories about the nature of existence and how human beings should live.’
    • ‘The final poetic statement propounding the belief that life is all one time, not to be squandered or compartmentalized.’
    • ‘Your article starts wonderfully, propounding the sentiments that could have been expressed by a tree hugging commie like me, only you do it so much more eloquently.’
    • ‘And for three or four years they have sat and listened to lecturers propounding these half-baked ideas.’
    • ‘One such idea is being propounded by the critics.’
    • ‘We can propound the idea that entertainment is not optional, but a constituent element of human development.’
    • ‘We have seen how it propounded a notion of divorce, from life and from the world.’
    • ‘The Enlightenment also propounded a belief in the transhistorical universality of human nature.’
    • ‘These works actively propound the belief that the unexamined death is not worth dying.’
    • ‘In propounding this concept, he does not adopt a nihilistic view of the continuing use of these chemicals.’
    put forward, advance, offer, present, set forth, submit, tender, suggest, come up with, broach, moot, bring up, mention, introduce, postulate, propose, pose, discuss, hypothesize, peddle, spread, promote, advocate, proffer, posit
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Mid 16th century: alteration of archaic propone, from Latin proponere ‘set forth’, from pro- ‘forward’ + ponere ‘put’. The addition of the final -d can be compared with that in expound and compound.