Etymology
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propose (v.)

mid-14c., proposen, "form a design or intention;" late 14c., "put forward or offer for consideration;" from Old French proposer "propose, advance, suggest" (12c.), from pro "forth" (see pro-) + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). The notion is "place before as something to be done." The French word took the place of Latin proponare (for this substitution, see pose (v.1)). The meaning "make an offer of marriage" is attested by 1764. Related: Proposed; proposing. See also propone, which coexisted with this word for a time.

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Definitions of propose

propose (v.)
make a proposal, declare a plan for something;
the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax
Synonyms: suggest / advise
propose (v.)
present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.;
She proposed a new theory of relativity
He proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism
Synonyms: project
propose (v.)
propose or intend;
Synonyms: aim / purpose / purport
propose (v.)
put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position;
Synonyms: nominate
propose (v.)
ask (someone) to marry you;
she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months
Synonyms: declare oneself / offer / pop the question
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