• (RP) IPA: /pɹəˈpəʊz/
  • (America) IPA: /pɹəˈpoʊz/

propose (proposes, present participle proposing; past and past participle proposed)

  1. (transitive) To suggest a plan, course of action, etc.
    Synonyms: put forth, suggest, forthput
    I propose going to see a film.
    to propose an alliance
    to propose a question for discussion
    • 2019, [ VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      President Moon Jae-in proposed the plan this week during a meeting with government officials, his spokesman said.
  2. (intransitive, sometimes followed by to) To ask for a person's hand in marriage.
    He proposed to her last night and she accepted him.
  3. (transitive) To intend.
    He proposes to set up his own business.
    • 1859, John Gorham Palfrey, History of New England, [,+in+several+volumes+the+history+of+the+people+of+New+England%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=962LUvW7Hqak2AXjvIGADQ&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22I%20propose%20to%20relate%2C%20in%20several%20volumes%20the%20history%20of%20the%20people%20of%20New%20England%22&f=false Preface (Google preview)]:
      I propose to relate, in several volumes, the history of the people of New England.
  4. (obsolete) To talk; to converse.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3 Scene 1:
      HERO. Good Margaret, run thee to the parlour;
      There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice
      Proposing with the prince and Claudio
  5. (obsolete) To set forth.
    • 1616, George Chapman (translator), Homer's Iliad, book 11:
      . . . so weighty was the cup,
      That being propos'd brimful of wine, one scarce could lift it up.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: demander en mariage
  • German: einen Heiratsantrag machen
  • Italian: proporre il matrimonio
  • Portuguese: pedir a mão
  • Russian: де́лать предложе́ние
  • Spanish: pedir la mano
Translations Noun

propose (plural proposes)

  1. (obsolete) An objective or aim.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 17, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      whose aime hath beene to make us not good and wittie, but wise and learned; She hath attained her propose.

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