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v. pro·posed, pro·pos·ing, pro·pos·es
1. To put forward for consideration, discussion, or adoption; suggest: propose a change in the law.
2. To recommend (a person) for a position, office, or membership; nominate.
3. To offer (a toast to be drunk).
4. To make known as one's intention; purpose or intend: proposed to buy and run a farm.
To form or make a proposal, especially of marriage.

[Middle English proposen, from Old French proposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin prōpōnere : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·pos′er n.
Synonyms: propose, pose1, propound, submit
These verbs mean to present something for consideration or discussion: proposes a solution; posed many questions; propound a theory; submits a plan.


1. (when tr, may take a clause as object) to put forward (a plan, motion, etc) for consideration or action
2. (tr) to nominate, as for a position
3. (tr) to plan or intend (to do something): I propose to leave town now.
4. (tr) to announce the drinking of (a toast) to (the health of someone, etc)
5. (often foll by: to) to make an offer of marriage (to someone)
[C14: from Old French proposer, from Latin prōpōnere to display, from pro-1 + pōnere to place]
proˈposable adj
proˈposer n



v. -posed, -pos•ing. v.t.
1. to offer for consideration, acceptance, or action: proposed a new method.
2. to offer (a toast).
3. to suggest.
4. to nominate (a person) for office, membership, etc.
5. to plan; intend.
6. to make an offer, esp. of marriage.
7. to form or consider a purpose or design.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French proposer (see pro-1, pose1), past participle of prōpōnere to set forth]


1. suggestions

If someone proposes a plan or idea, they suggest it so that other people can think about it and decide on it.

British Airways has proposed a one-way surcharge of $57.
This would help them to become accustomed to the methods we proposed.

You can say that someone proposes that something should be done or proposes that something be done.

They proposed that political strikes should be made illegal.
The staff association proposed that a mediator be nominated.
2. intentions

However, if you intend to do something yourself, you can say that you propose to do it.

I propose to focus attention on one type of resource.
I propose to undertake a further and thorough review of the documentary evidence.

You can also say that you propose doing something.

So what do you propose doing now?
I do not propose to get deeply involved in it.
I do not propose to discuss this matter.


Past participle: proposed
Gerund: proposing

I propose
you propose
he/she/it proposes
we propose
you propose
they propose
I proposed
you proposed
he/she/it proposed
we proposed
you proposed
they proposed
Present Continuous
I am proposing
you are proposing
he/she/it is proposing
we are proposing
you are proposing
they are proposing
Present Perfect
I have proposed
you have proposed
he/she/it has proposed
we have proposed
you have proposed
they have proposed
Past Continuous
I was proposing
you were proposing
he/she/it was proposing
we were proposing
you were proposing
they were proposing
Past Perfect
I had proposed
you had proposed
he/she/it had proposed
we had proposed
you had proposed
they had proposed
I will propose
you will propose
he/she/it will propose
we will propose
you will propose
they will propose
Future Perfect
I will have proposed
you will have proposed
he/she/it will have proposed
we will have proposed
you will have proposed
they will have proposed
Future Continuous
I will be proposing
you will be proposing
he/she/it will be proposing
we will be proposing
you will be proposing
they will be proposing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been proposing
you have been proposing
he/she/it has been proposing
we have been proposing
you have been proposing
they have been proposing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been proposing
you will have been proposing
he/she/it will have been proposing
we will have been proposing
you will have been proposing
they will have been proposing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been proposing
you had been proposing
he/she/it had been proposing
we had been proposing
you had been proposing
they had been proposing
I would propose
you would propose
he/she/it would propose
we would propose
you would propose
they would propose
Past Conditional
I would have proposed
you would have proposed
he/she/it would have proposed
we would have proposed
you would have proposed
they would have proposed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.propose - make a proposal, declare a plan for something; "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"
advocate, recommend, urge - push for something; "The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day"
advance, throw out - bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an argument"
proposition - suggest sex to; "She was propositioned by a stranger at the party"
feed back - respond to a query or outcome
put forward, state, submit, posit - put before; "I submit to you that the accused is guilty"
make a motion, move - propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
2.propose - present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.; "He proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism"; "She proposed a new theory of relativity"
plan - make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family"
offer - put forward for consideration; "He offered his opinion"
introduce - put before (a body); "introduce legislation"
3.propose - propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
intend, mean, think - have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"
4.propose - 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"
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
nominate, put forward, put up - propose as a candidate for some honor
5.propose - ask (someone) to marry you; "he popped the question on Sunday night"; "she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months"; "The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman"
request - ask (a person) to do something; "She asked him to be here at noon"; "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"


1. put forward, present, suggest, advance, come up with, submit, tender, proffer, propound We are about to propose some changes to the system.
2. intend, mean, plan, aim, design, scheme, purpose, have in mind, have every intention I propose to spend my entire life travelling.
3. nominate, name, present, introduce, invite, recommend, put up He was proposed for renomination as party chairman.
4. offer marriage, pop the question (informal), ask for someone's hand (in marriage), pay suit Merton proposed to her on bended knee.


1. To state, as an idea, for consideration:
2. To have in mind as a goal or purpose:
Regional: mind.
يَقْتَرِحيَنْوي، يَعْتَزِميَعْرِض الزَّواج، يَطْلُب الزَّواج من
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házassági ajánlatot teszjavasol
ætla sérbera fram bónorîstinga upp á, leggja til
pasipiršimaspasipirštisiūlomas planas
bildinātgrasītiesierosinātlikt priekšāplānot
dať nemravný návrhponúknuť sobáš
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đề xuất


1. (= suggest)
1.1. (gen) → proponer
the idea was first proposed in 1789la idea se propuso por primera vez en 1789
what do you propose?¿qué propones?
to propose sth to sbproponer algo a algn
to propose doing sth I propose writing her a letter (= I suggest I write) → me propongo escribirle una carta; (= I suggest that someone writes) → yo propongo que se le escriba una carta
to propose thatproponer que + subjun
I propose that we go and see herpropongo que vayamos a verla
1.2. (in meeting, parliament) [+ amendment] → proponer; [+ motion] → presentar
to propose marriage to sbproponer a algn en matrimonio, hacer una proposición or propuesta de matrimonio a algn
to propose sb's healthbeber a la salud de algn, brindar por algn
to propose a toast (to sb)proponer un brindis (por algn)
2. (= nominate)
he proposed Smith as or for chairmanpropuso a Smith como presidente
to propose sb for membership of a clubproponer a algn como socio de un club
3. (= intend) to propose to do sth; propose doing sthpensar hacer algo
I do not propose to discuss this matter any furtherno pienso hablar más de este asunto
what do you propose doing?¿qué piensas hacer?
1. (= offer marriage) to propose to sbproponer a algn en matrimonio, hacer una proposición de matrimonio a algn
have you proposed yet?¿le has propuesto en matrimonio ya?, ¿le has hecho una proposición de matrimonio ya?
2. man proposes, God disposesel hombre propone y Dios dispone


(= suggest) → proposer
I propose a new plan → Je propose un nouveau plan.
Here's what I propose → Voici ce que je propose.
to propose (that) (= suggest) → proposer que + subj
I propose we meet at 4 p.m → Je propose que nous nous rencontrions à 4 heures.
(= intend) to propose to do sth → avoir l'intention de faire qch
What do you propose to do? → Qu'est-ce que tu as l'intention de faire?
to propose doing sth → envisager de faire qch
to propose a motion (in debate)proposer une motion
to propose a toast → proposer un toast
to propose a toast to sb → proposer un toast en l'honneur de qn
vifaire sa demande en mariage
to propose to sb → demander qn en mariage
He proposed to her at the restaurant → Il l'a demandée en mariage au restaurant.


(= suggest)vorschlagen; motionstellen, einbringen; to propose marriage to somebodyjdm einen (Heirats)antrag machen; I propose leaving now or that we leave nowich schlage vor, wir gehen jetzt or dass wir jetzt gehen; to propose somebody’s healtheinen Toast auf jdn ausbringen ? toast2
(= have in mind)beabsichtigen, vorhaben; I don’t propose having any more to do with it/himich will nichts mehr damit/mit ihm zu tun haben; but I don’t propose toich habe aber nicht die Absicht; how do you propose to pay for it?wie wollen Sie das bezahlen?; and just how do you propose we pay for all that?können Sie uns denn auch verraten, wie wir das alles bezahlen sollen?
(= offer marriage)einen (Heirats)antrag machen (→ to +dat)
man proposes, God disposes (Prov) → der Mensch denkt, Gott lenkt (Prov)


1. vt
to propose doing sth → proporre di fare qc
to propose that sth should be done → proporre che sia fatto qc
I propose that we go by bus → propongo di andare con l'autobus
to propose marriage to sb → fare una proposta di matrimonio a qn
to propose sb for a job/as treasurer → proporre qn per un posto/come tesoriere
to propose a toast to sb → proporre un brindisi a qn
b. (have in mind) to propose sth/to do or doing sthproporsi qc/di fare qc
2. vi (offer marriage) → fare una proposta di matrimonio


(prəˈpəuz) verb
1. to offer for consideration; to suggest. I proposed my friend for the job; Who proposed this scheme?
2. to intend. He proposes to build a new house.
3. to make an offer of marriage. He proposed (to me) last night and I accepted him.
proˈposal noun
1. something proposed or suggested; a plan. proposals for peace.
2. an offer of marriage. She received three proposals.
3. the act of proposing.


يَقْتَرِح navrhnout foreslå vorschlagen προτείνω proponer ehdottaa proposer predložiti proporre 提案する 제안하다 voorstellen foreslå zaproponować propor предлагать föreslå เสนอ önermek đề xuất 提议
References in classic literature ?
President and gentlemen," he began, assuming a parliamentary attitude and tone, "I wish to propose the admission of a new member--one who highly deserves the honor, would be deeply grateful for it, and would add immensely to the spirit of the club, the literary value of the paper, and be no end jolly and nice.
I wonder if he's going to propose to her," thought Tom.
You see, we are, too obviously within the sentinels of the enemy; what course do you propose to follow?
You can trim and tend them, therefore, as you please; and I will ask only the least trifle of a blossom, now and then, in exchange for all the good, honest kitchen vegetables with which I propose to enrich Miss Hepzibah's table.
By hints, I asked him whether he did not propose going back, and having a coronation; since he might now consider his father dead and gone, he being very old and feeble at the last accounts.
Now, with elated step, they pace the planks in twos and threes, and humorously discourse of parlors, sofas, carpets, and fine cambrics; propose to mat the deck; think of having hangings to the top; object not to taking tea by moonlight on the piazza of the forecastle.
I saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends; that their friendship was for summer weather only; that they did not greatly propose to do right; that they were a distinct race from me by their prejudices and superstitions, as the Chinamen and Malays are that in their sacrifices to humanity they ran no risks, not even to their property; that after all they were not so noble but they treated the thief as he had treated them, and hoped, by a certain outward observance and a few prayers, and by walking in a particular straight through useless path from time to time, to save their souls.
For the nine hundred and ninety-four to express dis- satisfaction with the regnant system and propose to change it, would have made the whole six shudder as one man, it would have been so disloyal, so dishonor- able, such putrid black treason.
allow me to propose a remedy, to efface the shame, and to render it as if not done.
Leaving that matter for the present, we will now proceed to consider other points in the case which we propose to establish by evidence, and shall include that one in the chain in its proper place.
I propose we give Rebecca a good hand-clapping for such a beautiful picture--one that the whole school may well be proud of
Bates, let me propose your venturing on one of these eggs.