AskDefine | Define propose

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1 make a proposal, declare a plan for something [syn: suggest, advise]
2 present for consideration [syn: project]
3 propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" [syn: aim, purpose, purport]
4 put forward; nominate for appointment to an office; "The President nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission" [syn: nominate]
5 ask (someone) to marry you; "he popped the question on Sunday night"; "she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months"; "The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman" [syn: declare oneself, offer, pop the question]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /pɹəˈpəʊz/, /pr\@"p@Uz/
  • (US) /pɹəˈpoʊz/, /pr\@"poUz/
  • Rhymes: -əʊz


  1. To suggest a plan or course of action.
    I propose we go to see a film.
    I propose going to a restaurant.
  2. In the context of "intransitive|followed by to": To ask for sb's hand in marriage.
    He proposed to her last night and she accepted him.
  3. To intend.
    He proposes to set up his own business.

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to suggest a plan or course of action
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 提议 (tíyì)
  • Czech: navrhnout
  • Danish: foreslå
  • Dutch: voorstellen
  • Finnish: ehdottaa, esittää; (~ casually/repeatedly) ehdotella
  • French: proposer
  • German: vorschlagen
  • Greek: προτείνω
  • Hungarian: javasolni
  • Italian: proporre
  • Japanese: 申し込む (もうしこむ, mōshikomu)
  • Korean: 제안하다 (jeanhada)
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: propor
  • Russian: предлагать (predlagát’)
  • Spanish: proponer
  • Swedish: föreslå
to ask for one's hand in marriage
  • Finnish: kosia
  • Greek: κάνω πρόταση γάμου
  • Kurdish:
to intend
  • Finnish: aikoa
  • Greek: προτίθεμαι



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, proposer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, proposer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, proposer



  1. third-person indicative past historic of proporre

Extensive Definition

Proposal may refer to:
propose in Japanese: プロポーズ (曖昧さ回避)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

advance, advise, advocate, aim, aim at, ask, aspire after, aspire to, assert, be after, become engaged, bid, brief, bring before, bring forward, bring up, broach, call attention to, coach, come up with, commend to attention, confer, consult with, contemplate, counsel, design, designate, desire, destine, determine, direct, drive at, expect, go for, guide, harbor a design, have every intention, instruct, intend, introduce, kibitz, launch, lay before, lay down, make a motion, mean, meddle, mind, moot, move, name, name for office, nominate, offer, offer a resolution, open up, plan, pop the question, pose, posit, postulate, predicate, prefer, prescribe, present, proffer, project, proposition, propound, purport, purpose, put, put forth, put forward, put it to, put up, recommend, request, resolve, run, run for office, set before, set forth, solicit, start, submit, suggest, table, tender, think
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