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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: proposer, from Latin proponere; PROPOUND

propose

verb
     
pro‧pose S3 W2
1

suggest

[transitive] formal to suggest something as a plan or course of action [↪ proposal]:
the changes currently proposed by the local planning authorities
the proposed budget cuts
propose that
In his speech he proposed that the UN should set up an emergency centre for the environment.
propose doing something
The report also proposes extending the motorway.
! You propose something to someone: He proposed a possible solution to me (NOT He proposed me a possible solution). Note that in spoken English, people do not usually use 'propose' to make suggestions. They usually use let'ssee note at let's
2

meeting

[transitive] to formally suggest a course of action at a meeting and ask people to vote on it
propose a motion/amendment/resolution etc
The resolution was proposed by the chairman of the International Committee.
propose somebody for something
Mr Leesom proposed Mrs Banks for the position of Treasurer (=he suggested formally that she should be the treasurer).
3

theory

[transitive]H to suggest an idea, method etc as an answer to a scientific question or as a better way of doing something:
A number of theories have been proposed to explain the phenomenon.
4

intend

[transitive] formal to intend to do something
propose to do something
How does he propose to deal with the situation?
propose doing something
We still don't know how the company proposes raising the money.
5

marriage

a) [intransitive]SSF to ask someone to marry you, especially in a formal way
propose to
Shaun proposed to me only six months after we met.
b)

propose marriage

formalSSF to ask someone to marry you
6

propose a toast (to somebody)

to formally ask a group of people at a social event to join you in wishing someone success, happiness, etc as they raise and drink a glass of wine:
I'd like to propose a toast to the bride and groom.
WORD FOCUS: marry WORD FOCUS: marry
wedding the ceremony at which people get married
bride
the woman who is getting married
bridegroom
/groom the man who is getting married
the best man
a friend of the groom, who helps him and gives a speech
bridesmaid
a woman or girl who helps the bride
matron of honour
British English/honor American English a married woman who helps the bride on her wedding day
reception
the meal after the wedding
honeymoon
the holiday that people go on after they get married
hen night
British English/bridal shower American English a party before the wedding for the bride
stag night
British English/bachelor party American English a party before the wedding for the groom
propose
to ask someone to marry you
get engaged
to formally agree to marry each other
marry

See also
marry

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