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verb propose pronunciation in British English /prəˈpəʊz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleproposing
past tenseproposed
past participleproposed
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  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to suggest a plan, idea, or action
    Einstein proposed his theory of general relativity in 1915.
    propose doing something: I propose going to an early film and having dinner afterwards.
    propose that: She proposed that we see a marriage counsellor.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make a formal suggestion in a meeting for people to think about and vote on
    propose someone for/as something: I propose Sue Wilson for treasurer.
    propose that: It was proposed that we postpone making a decision until next month.
    propose doing something: France has proposed creating a rapid-reaction force to deal with the crisis.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to ask someone to get married to you
    propose to: He proposed to her in August.
    propose marriage: He proposed marriage, but she refused.
  4. 4
    [transitive] formal if you propose to do something, you intend or plan to do it
    I propose to tell them the absolute truth.


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