Definition of Propose

1. Verb. Make a proposal, declare a plan for something. "They propose to move "; "The senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"

2. Verb. Present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.. "She proposed a new theory of relativity"
Exact synonyms: Project
Generic synonyms: Plan
Specialized synonyms: Offer, Introduce
Derivative terms: Proposer, Proposition

3. Verb. Propose or intend. "I aim to arrive at noon"
Exact synonyms: Aim, Purport, Purpose
Generic synonyms: Intend, Mean, Think
Derivative terms: Aim, Aim, Purport, Purpose, Purpose

4. Verb. Put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position. "The President nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission"
Exact synonyms: Nominate
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Specialized synonyms: Nominate, Put Forward, Put Up
Derivative terms: Nominative, Nominator

5. Verb. Ask (someone) to marry you. "The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman"
Exact synonyms: Declare Oneself, Offer, Pop The Question
Generic synonyms: Request
Derivative terms: Proposal

Definition of Propose

1. v. t. To set forth.

2. v. i. To speak; to converse.

3. n. Talk; discourse.

Definition of Propose

1. Verb. (transitive) To suggest a plan or course of action. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive followed by '''to''') To ask for a person's hand in marriage. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To intend. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) An objective or aim. ¹

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Definition of Propose

1. to put forward for consideration or acceptance [v -POSED, -POSING, -POSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Propose

proposal of marriage
propose (current term)
propose a toast
propositional attitude
propositional calculus
propositional function
propositional functions

Literary usage of Propose

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"The party served may, within ten days thereafter, propose amendments thereto and serve & copy on the party proposing the case or exceptions, who may within ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"He illustrates by an eleven-place numeral in three divisions, whereas the numerical part of such specific designations as I propose would be in one, ..."

3. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1918)
"... regretting the attitude maintained by the Netherlands Government, do not propose for the present to continue the discussion of the question at issue. ..."

4. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"I wish now to propose an emendation which will not in any way affect that question, but yet may be considered of some moment, inasmuch as its applicability ..."

5. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1844)
"relate two different things, but follows a mode of narration familiar to the Hebrews, who first propose a subject generally, and then unfold it more in ..."

6. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"Will the busy—not to say already over-worked—members of the Council adopt this "practical method," and conduct researches ? or do they propose to content ..."

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