Definition of propose in English:


Line breaks: pro|pose
Pronunciation: /prəˈpəʊz


  • 2 [no object] Make an offer of marriage to someone: I have already proposed to Sarah [with object]: one girl proposed marriage to him on the spot
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    • That silly southern girl's name hadn't been mentioned since Daniel had proposed to Elizabeth.
    • In May he proposed to Maria, who declined him marriage but wished him the best.
    • There he proposed marriage, was refused, and next proposed to Iseult, who gave no definite answer.
    ask someone to marry you, make an offer of marriage, offer marriage, ask for someone's hand in marriage
    informal pop the question


propose a toast (or propose someone's health)

Ask a group of people at a social occasion to drink to the health and happiness of a specified person: the Lord Mayor proposed a toast to the Queen
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  • She proposed a toast to our health (the usual) and sat back down amid clapping.
  • I take three glasses from the cupboard, remove a bottle from the case, pop the cork, fill the glasses, and propose a toast to their health.
  • When I mentioned a party where I'd proposed a toast, he said with a trace of regret, ‘I'm told you speak very well.’



the proposer has ten minutes to speak in favour of his Bill
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  • Indeed some of the proposers of these changes don't seem to have a grasp of the implications.
  • Had proposers of boundary schemes been given such latitude, proposals would have been far different and, with such scope for variation, all our communities could have been accommodated without division.
  • The proposers say it is odd that there is no disqualification of those who might have lengthy criminal records but severe restrictions on those who have played the game and might have a positive contribution to make.


Middle English: from Old French proposer, from Latin proponere (see proponent), but influenced by Latin propositus 'put or set forth' and Old French poser 'to place'.

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