Definition of propose in English:

propose

verb

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

    ‘he proposed a new nine-point peace plan’
    [with infinitive] ‘we propose to be away for six months’
    [with clause] ‘I proposed that the government should retain a 51 percent stake in the company’
    • ‘She proposed workers could put in 12-hour shifts, four days at a time, instead of the current five-day schedule.’
    • ‘Part of the process of establishing the benefit of a care order will be consideration of the care plan proposed by the local authority.’
    • ‘There are several issues to be considered in proposing any innovative scheme such as this.’
    • ‘He was opposed to orthodoxy of any kind; he proposed no gods or explanations of how the world came into being.’
    • ‘The president first proposed his guest worker program a year ago.’
    • ‘He is also a bold thinker who proposed civil servants' salary cuts.’
    • ‘The plan was proposed because many of the hospital's 16 buildings, some of which date back to 1908, need major repairs.’
    • ‘And in fact, they're not proposing a peace plan.’
    • ‘The Town Council proposed a target figure of 75 per cent affordable housing.’
    • ‘The conference voted for complete opposition to the Lyons report, which first proposed these plans.’
    • ‘However, he said the council had questioned the figure proposed by the City Sanitation Agency.’
    • ‘He proposes a lucid plan that really deserves immediate attention by policymakers.’
    • ‘In what follows I try to analyze what gave rise to this choice for the public, and propose a plan for moving on.’
    • ‘He's proposed lowering the class size and putting 100,000 teachers out into our schools.’
    • ‘At the end of the last Congressional session, a legalization program for undocumented farm laborers was proposed.’
    • ‘The bill proposes a new family of interlocking, flexible accounts.’
    • ‘Now it's proposed the bottom teams in both sections be relegated.’
    • ‘Later, it says: ‘Although they might be thoroughly decent places to live, it's still hard to propose any serious tourist investigation.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On top of that you have to add all the other spending he's proposed.’
    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.
      ‘Thomson was proposed as chairman’
      • ‘They proposed her for membership and she was accepted.’
      • ‘‘He has told me that he will propose me and I'm confident I will be seconded by a family member.’’
      • ‘The candidates were proposed, seconded and, after signing the party pledge, were declared selected by the chairman.’
      • ‘I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, should lie to you.’
      • ‘It said it will provide technical support in risk management, financial management and internal audit, as well as propose a director for the board.’
      • ‘After he retired in 1992, he asked a friend to propose him as a member.’
      • ‘Each commission will propose one candidate to fill each vacancy.’
      • ‘I'd like to propose my own candidate for the most loathsome display of demagoguery in the past 25 years.’
      • ‘The only other candidate was a woman proposed by left wing parties.’
      • ‘He was proposed by President Sadat of Egypt and elected by acclamation.’
      • ‘Any member of the Association is eligible to propose a candidate.’
      • ‘Anne is proposed as honorary Scot in chief, mascot to the Scottish rugby XV and, in general, Scotia's darling.’
      • ‘I was elected, after somebody proposed me, so they wanted me.’
      • ‘Under the new system, registered voters will be able to sign a petition form placed in Garda stations and local authorities proposing a candidate.’
      • ‘In filling a vacancy according to Article V, section 5, the president shall ask the existing Nominating Committee to propose two candidates.’
      • ‘Proposing her for the seat he said he was proud to propose her for ‘the position her beloved father held’.’
      • ‘However, in 1986 its conference included enough rampant members to reject this list and to propose candidates from the floor of the meeting.’
      • ‘Before a Branch can become official, it must propose officers, have a constitution, and establish a bank account.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The new directors were proposed by Acquisitor, which failed in a previous attempt to gain control of the board.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A motion is proposed that would be a Good Thing.’
      • ‘Indeed at last Council I proposed two motions that got full Council backing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 veteran pro-democracy lawmaker proposed a motion in the legislature yesterday to call for his resignation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was proposing the motion calling on dog owners to ensure they have them under control at all times.’
      • ‘In proposing the motion, he also said that it was a case of putting money before anything else.’
      • ‘She will propose a motion requesting the council adjourn it until May 21.’
      • ‘The independent councillors are to propose a motion tomorrow to cast the vote again, this time recording the result.’
      • ‘He proposed a motion that no further action is taken at this time, and the committee agreed to this.’
      • ‘The ministry hasn't decided whether it will propose a motion to reverse the legislative resolution this week, he said.’
      • ‘Those countries are proposing a motion that would see the UN dole out cash to countries that protect rainforests.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He proposed the motion that urged a united campaign.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2[no object] Make an offer of marriage to someone.

    ‘I have already proposed to Sarah’
    • ‘He proposed to his girlfriend over the radio before the race.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, George had proposed to Jane when they were just kids.’
    • ‘Come to think of it, he could have proposed to her last night.’
    • ‘Matt had learned not to keep secrets and had proposed to her.’
    • ‘But then if you believed as I did, you would have agreed to marry Frank the first time he proposed to you.’
    • ‘Jack has meanwhile proposed to Gwendolen in town, also under the name of Earnest.’
    • ‘Within weeks I had proposed to her and she readily accepted.’
    • ‘In May he proposed to Maria, who declined him marriage but wished him the best.’
    • ‘The fact that she had actually proposed to him was irrelevant.’
    • ‘I had just turned sixteen and as a present Jimmy proposed to me.’
    • ‘He has not proposed to my character yet, but he is going to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That silly southern girl's name hadn't been mentioned since Daniel had proposed to Elizabeth.’
    • ‘There he proposed marriage, was refused, and next proposed to Iseult, who gave no definite answer.’
    • ‘I went out with him for four years and then he proposed to me.’
    • ‘He even proposed to that wench and wanted to start a family!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I thought he was, too, because he proposed to me after two months.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 marriage

    • Make an offer of marriage to someone.

      • ‘I never understood why women put up with men who put them on the spot by proposing marriage in front of large audiences.’
      • ‘In an earlier and simpler age, she'd only be dancing until a steel magnate happened to catch her show and then inevitably and immediately proposed marriage.’
      • ‘Forget the traditional methods for proposing marriage - the bended knee, the skywriting, the Jumbotron query at the local ballpark.’
      • ‘Whether it would be logical or suicidal, serious or fleeting, you might think of upping the ante and immediately proposing marriage.’
      • ‘But when he, at last, proposes marriage she breaks off the affair with a letter of explanation that pulls it together.’
      • ‘She's basically proposing marriage and you don't even know her.’
      • ‘What, I'm supposed to break out the bubbly when the woman I'm in the midst of proposing marriage to tells me she needs time to figure out if she's in love with my brother or me?’
      • ‘It's a date, Emily, I'm not proposing marriage.’
      • ‘Oh, jeez, I don't know, the fact you're proposing marriage to someone you haven't even known for a day?’
      • ‘But it finally jumps the rails altogether when the preening rock star reacts not by getting a restraining order - but by proposing marriage.’
  • propose a toast

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

      ‘I hereby propose a toast to the bride and groom’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘He got to his feet, waved rather wildly for calm, and raised his glass to propose a toast which raised eyebrows higher than glasses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Before we left, I proposed a toast (a little odd to do with iced tea, but it seemed appropriate).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At a recent charity lunch for women, someone proposed a toast to ‘our sisters in America’.’
      • ‘She proposed a toast to our health (the usual) and sat back down amid clapping.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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

/prəˈpōz/