propose - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleproposing
past tenseproposed
past participleproposed
  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.