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Borrowed from Anglo-Norman proposer (verb), propos (noun), Middle French proposer (verb), propos (noun), from Latin propono, proponere, with conjugation altered based on poser.



propose (third-person singular simple present proposes, present participle proposing, simple past and past participle proposed)

  1. (transitive) To suggest a plan, course of action, etc.
    I propose going to see a film.
    to propose an alliance; to propose a question for discussion
  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.
  4. (obsolete) To talk; to converse.
  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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In use 1. this is sometimes a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
  • In use 3, this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
  • For more information, see Appendix:English catenative verbs
  • Compared to to suggest, to propose is more deliberate and definite. To suggest is merely to mention, while to propose is to have a definite plan and intention.


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propose (plural proposes)

  1. (obsolete) An objective or aim.





  1. first-person singular present indicative of proposer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of proposer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of proposer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of proposer
  5. second-person singular imperative of proposer





  1. third-person indicative past historic of proporre