Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French purposer, proposer, from Latin proponere (perfect indicative proposui) — more at propound
Date: 14th century
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.