propose ( proposes 3rd person present) ( proposing present participle) ( proposed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you propose something such as a plan or an idea, you suggest it for people to think about and decide upon.
Britain is about to propose changes to some institutions... V n/-ing
It was George who first proposed that we dry clothes in that locker. V that
2 verb If you proposeto do something, you intend to do it.
It's still far from clear what action the government proposes to take over the affair... V to-inf
And where do you propose building such a huge thing? V -ing
3 verb If you propose a theory or an explanation, you state that it is possibly or probably true, because it fits in with the evidence that you have considered.
FORMAL This highlights a problem faced by people proposing theories of ball lightning... V n
Newton proposed that heavenly and terrestrial motion could be unified with the idea of gravity. V that
4 verb If you propose a motion for debate, or a candidate for election, you begin the debate or the election procedure by formally stating your support for that motion or candidate.
A delegate from Siberia proposed a resolution that he stand down as party chairman... V n
proposer ( proposers plural) n-count
...Mr Ian Murch, the proposer of the motion.
5 verb If you propose a toast to someone or something, you ask people to drink a toast to them.
Usually the bride's father proposes a toast to the health of the bride and groom. V n
6 verb If you propose to someone, or propose marriageto them, you ask them to marry you.
He had proposed to Isabel the day after taking his seat in Parliament. V to n, Also V, V n, V n to n
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