American English

Definition of propose verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they propose
    he / she / it proposes
    past simple proposed
    -ing form proposing
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    suggest plan
  1. 1[transitive] (formal) to suggest a plan, an idea, etc. for people to think about and decide on propose something The government proposed changes to the voting system. What would you propose? propose that… She proposed that the book be banned. it is proposed that… It was proposed that the president be elected for a period of two years. propose doing something He proposed changing the name of the company. it is proposed to do something It was proposed to pay the money from public funds.
  2. intend
  3. 2[transitive] to intend to do something propose to do something What do you propose to do now? propose doing something How do you propose getting home?
  4. marriage
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] to ask someone to marry you He was afraid that if he proposed she might refuse. propose to somebody She proposed to me! propose something (to somebody) to propose marriage
  6. at formal meeting
  7. 4[transitive] to suggest something at a formal meeting and ask people to vote on it propose somebody (for/as something) I propose Tom Ellis for chairman. propose something to propose a motion (= to be the main speaker in support of an idea at a formal debate) compare oppose, second
  8. suggest explanation
  9. 5[transitive] propose something (formal) to suggest an explanation of something for people to consider synonym propound She proposed a possible solution to the mystery.
  10. Idioms
    propose a toast (to somebody), propose somebody's health
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    to ask people to wish someone health, happiness, and success by raising their glasses and drinking I'd like to propose a toast to the bride and groom.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: propose