He proposed to his girlfriend on the anniversary of their first date.
- An example of to propose is to suggest a new budget for a school.
- An example of to propose is for a man to ask a woman to marry him.
transitive verb-·posed′, -·pos′ing
- to put forth for consideration or acceptance
- to purpose, plan, or intend
- to suggest drinking (a toast)
- to nominate (someone) for membership, office, etc.
Origin of proposeLate Middle English from Old French proposer, altered (infl. by poser: see pose) from Classical Latin proponere (pp. propositus), to set forth, display, propose: see pro- and position
- to make a proposal; form or declare a purpose or design
- to offer marriage
verbpro·posed, pro·pos·ing, pro·pos·es
- To put forward for consideration, discussion, or adoption; suggest: propose a change in the law.
- To recommend (a person) for a position, office, or membership; nominate.
- To offer (a toast to be drunk).
- To make known as one's intention; purpose or intend: proposed to buy and run a farm.
Origin of proposeMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present proposes, present participle proposing, simple past and past participle proposed)
- 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
- (intransitive, sometimes followed by to) To ask for a person's hand in marriage.
- He proposed to her last night and she accepted him.
- To intend.
- He proposes to set up his own business.
- 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.
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- 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.