verb (proposed; proposing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French purposer, proposer, from Latin proponere (perfect indicative proposui) — more at propound Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to form or put forward a plan or intention <
man proposes, but God disposes
2. obsolete to engage in talk or discussion 3. to make an offer of marriage transitive verb 1. a. to set before the mind (as for discussion, imitation, or action) <
propose a plan for settling the dispute
b. to set before someone and especially oneself as an aim or intent <
proposed to spend the summer in Italy
2. a. to set forth for acceptance or rejection <
propose terms for peace
propose a topic for debate
b. to recommend to fill a place or vacancy ; nominate <
propose them for membership
c. to offer as a toast <
propose the happiness of the couple
proposer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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