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Definition of "propose" []

  • To put forward for consideration, discussion, or adoption; suggest: propose a change in the law. (verb-transitive)
  • To recommend (a person) for a position, office, or membership; nominate. (verb-transitive)
  • To offer (a toast to be drunk). (verb-transitive)
  • To make known as one's intention; purpose or intend: proposed to buy and run a farm. (verb-transitive)
  • To form or make a proposal, especially of marriage. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "propose" in a sentence
  • "When my father had got to this point, my mother ventured to ask whether I had ever gone so far as to propose, actually to _propose_, for Miss"
  • "If you have a business proposal to make to a Japanese woman, there's a slight chance she'll start blushing on you, since the English word "propose" is only used for marriage proposals in Japan, not for other kinds of formal business suggestions."
  • "How did Kevin propose to the former hairstylist, 22, whom he met upon the trip to The Bahamas in 2007?"