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Definition of the verb propose

What does propose mean as a doing word?

Propose is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: proposed | proposing | proposes

  1. make a proposal, declare a plan for something
    • examples: the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax | They propose him to write the letter | They propose to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): advise, announce, articulate, blab, blurt, claim, confess, confide, convey, declare, mention, note, observe, proclaim, recount, reiterate, relate, remark, repeat, report, reveal, say, state.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of propose: advise / suggest
    • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively
    • more specific terms:
  2. present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.
    • examples: He proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism | She proposed a new theory of relativity
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of propose: project
    • more generic word: plan = make plans for something
    • more specific words:
  3. propose or intend
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I wished for her to do it
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I wished the children found
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]He wished to come
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]He wished that she would come immediately
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I wished him to be nice
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I wished it

      Wish Verbs (with the same syntax): aim, dream, expect, hope, imagine, intend, mean, plan, think, wish, yen.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of propose: aim / purport / purpose
    • more generic words: intend / mean / think = have in mind as a purpose
  4. put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position
  5. ask (someone) to marry you

Alternative definition of the verb propose


  1. [transitive] To suggest a plan or course of action.
  2. [intransitive, followed by 'to'] To ask for a person's hand in marriage.
  3. [transitive] To intend.


"Propose" a.k.a. "The Bachelor" is a 1999 romantic comedy film directed by Gary Sinyor and written by Steve Cohen. It is a remake of the 1925 film Seven Chances and stars Chris O'Donnell and Renée Zellweger. The film was also the debut of R&B singer Grammy-winner Mariah Carey as an actress.


  1. "Propose" is a song performed by Hot Potato.
    • award:
      • Mnet Asian Music Awards for Best Band Performance nomination for Hot Potato
      • Mnet Asian Music Awards for Best Band Performance, received by Hot Potato
  2. "Propose" is a composition.
  3. "PROPOSE" is a composition.
  4. "Propose" is a musical single of Michiyo Heike.


Propose is a TV program.

  • begun on and completed on (18 years ago)
  • country: South Korea

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Propose

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Google previewJosiah Royce for the Twenty-first Century (2012)

Historical, Ethical, and Religious Interpretations by Kelly A. Parker

propose is that of an ocean-going ship which is fitted with two outriggers. The main vessel that transports captain and crew is “Loyalty.” It seems sea-worthy enough for a good life well lived, but is more stable with the conceptual buoyancy ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

to offer, propose, or declare publicly.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining, Second Edition (2008)

by Wang, John

propose a methodology, based on the XQuery technology, for building XML data warehouses, which covers processes such as datacleaning, summarization, intermediating XML documents, updating/linking existing documents and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789–2015, 4th Edition [2 volumes] (2015)

by John R. Vile

To date, all amendments have been proposed by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress, but two-thirds of the states also may petition Congress to call a convention to propose such amendments. Moreover, calls that fall short of a ...

Google previewHarper's Encyclopaedia of United States History from 458 A.D. to 1912 (1912)

by Benson John Lossing, Woodrow Wilson

Another question that may be raised is, How extensive would be the authority to propose amendments of a convention...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition (2017)

by Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A., Mehdi

propose a schema version model, titled the extended “Rich Base Schema ” (RiBS) model, for restructuring complex object hierarchies. A complex object hierarchy is a set of classes linked between them with reference relationships ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1832)

Intended to Exhibit: I. The Origin and the Affinities of Every English Word ... II. The Orthography and the Pronunciation of Words ... III. Accurate and Discriminating Definitions of Technical and Scientific Terms ... To which are Prefixed an Introductory Dissertation on the Origin, History, and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and of Europe and a Concise Grammar, Philosophical and Practical, of the English Language by Noah Webster

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Earth and Space Science (2010)

by Timothy M. Kusky, Katherine E. Cullen

American physicists John Bardeen, Leon Cooper, and Robert schrieffer propose an explanation for superconductivity in terms of conduction by electron pairs. Bayer and General Electric develop polycarbonate plastics. 1958 Japanese ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition (2014)

by Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

propose a virtual environment model dedicated to multiagent simulation. It gathers experiences collected on design of the environment, as a first-class entity, coming from both the multiagent and ...

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Usage statistics about propose

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Quotes about Propose

I propose getting rid of conventional armaments and replacing them with reasonably priced hydrogen bombs that would be distributed equally throughout the world. (Idi Amin)
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Scrabble value of P3R1O1P3O1S1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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