propose

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v propose present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc. "He proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism","She proposed a new theory of relativity"
    • v propose propose or intend "I aim to arrive at noon"
    • v propose make a proposal, declare a plan for something "the senator proposed to abolish the sales tax"
    • v propose ask (someone) to marry you "he popped the question on Sunday night","she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months","The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman"
    • v propose put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position "The President nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a girl was a way to propose for marriage.. If the girl caught it, that would mean she accepts
    • n Propose Talk; discourse.
    • Propose To form or declare a purpose or intention; to lay a scheme; to design; as, man proposes, but God disposes.
    • Propose To offer for consideration, discussion, acceptance, or adoption; as, to propose terms of peace; to propose a question for discussion; to propose an alliance; to propose a person for office.
    • Propose To offer one's self in marriage.
    • Propose To set before one's self or others as a purpose formed; hence, to purpose; to intend. "I propose to relate, in several volumes, the history of the people of New England."
    • Propose To set forth. "That being proposed brimfull of wine, one scarce could lift it up."
    • Propose To speak; to converse. "There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice, Proposing with the prince and Claudio."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Guillotin merely proposed the machine that bears his name (which was rejected by the crown) and he never made a working model. The first working model was made by his assistant years later. When the machine attained infamy in the French Revolution, Dr.Guillotin protested its use and went to his grave claiming that the machine was unjustly named after him.
    • propose To put forward or offer for consideration, discussion, acceptance, admission, or adoption: as, to propose a bill or resolution to a legislative body; to propose a question or subject for discussion; to propose one as a member of a club.
    • propose To place before as something to be done, attained, or striven after; form or declare as an intention or design.
    • propose To set or place forth; place out; state.
    • propose To place one's self before; face; confront.
    • propose To speak; utter; discourse.
    • propose Synonyms To propound, present, suggest, recommend, move, enounce.
    • propose To intend, mean, design.
    • propose To form or declare an intention or design.
    • propose To offer; specifically, to make an offer of marriage.
    • propose To converse; discourse.
    • n propose Talk; discourse.
    • propose In systematic biol., to use (a new name) without complying with the technical requirements of publication. See publication, 5.
    • propose In solo whist, to offer to take eight tricks with the assistance of a partner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was proposed in the Rhode Island legislature in the 1970s that there be a $2 tax on every act of sexual intercourse.
    • v.t Propose prō-pōz′ to put forward or offer for consideration, &c.: to purpose or intend: :
    • v.i Propose to form an intention or design: to offer, especially marriage:
    • v.t Propose prō-pōz′ (obs.) to place out, state, utter, discourse
    • v.t Propose prō-pōz′ (Shak.) to face, confront
    • v.i Propose (Shak.) to converse—n. (obs.) talk, discourse
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There are two enemies to every bill proposed in Congress, the fools who favor it and the lunatics who oppose it.”
  • Alfonso X
    Alfonso X
    “Had I been present at the creation of the world I would have proposed some improvements.”
  • Albert Schweitzer
    Albert%20Schweitzer
    “Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    Robert%20F.%20Kennedy
    “The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    Thomas%20Kempis
    “Man proposes, but God disposes.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Franklin%20D.%20Roosevelt
    “It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.”

Idioms

Man proposes, God disposes - Your fate lies in the hands of God.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. proposer,; pref. pro-,L. pro, for, forward) + poser, to place. See Pose (v.)

Usage

In literature:

He does not even care to be alone with her when he proposes to her.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
It was to La Fayette's honour that he first proposed it.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
A neutral court of justice, as proposed by Germany, was refused.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
Coinage, McCulla's proposal about, 179-190; Swift's counter-proposal, 183.
"The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Vol. VII" by Jonathan Swift
We know what he proposed in the way of taxation on corn, meat, fruit, and dairy produce.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
I have passed my life upon a farm, and propose to die in the same condition.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The proposed disestablishment of the State Church of England was, of course, the subject of this diversity of opinion.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
He proposed to entertain a house-party himself towards the end of January.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Before going further I must say a few words about the peace proposals which our Presidents made to the English Government on the 5th of March.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
He rejected the proposal, and with Richards returned to England, where they were immediately cashiered.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
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In poetry:

That may be right, she will say then,
but as for me, there's other men.
And I will tell you I propose
to catch them firmly by the nose.
"Ballad Of The Despairing Husband" by Robert Creeley
Q was a querulous Quail,
Who said: "It will little avail
The efforts of those
Of my foes who propose
To attempt to put salt on my tail!"
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
With real pain and much ado,
I cut the other chords that bound me,
And said the ties proposed by you,
Should now be tightly drawn around me.
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
The first time he made his proposal,
She laughed, said; 'I'll never wed;
The second time there was a pause;
Then she smiled and shook her head.
"Victor" by W H Auden
Then, then, was that proposal made
Which drew those black men in the field,
Who gladly joined the great crusade
And learned to die, but not to yield.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
The third time he made his proposal,
As they walked by the Reservoir:
She gave him a kiss like a blow on the head,
Said; 'You are my heart's desire.'
"Victor" by W H Auden

In news:

George Soros Proposes To Girlfriend In The Hamptons.
BCE/Bell Canada CEO George Cope, left, speaks in Montreal, Monday with Astral Media Inc, President and CEO Ian Greenberg on the opening day of the CRTC hearings into the proposed acquisition of Astral by Bell.
Earlier this week, we showed you some of the ambitious renovation proposals to repurpose the Astrodome .
A budget proposed Tuesday by House Republicans was met with stiff resistance from Democrats -- including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisting it would not pass.
This satellite image shows the proposed route of a new St Croix River bridge crossoing south of Stillwater, Minn. E-mail this page.
An Obama proposal would encourage high-income taxpayers to reduce their charitable giving.
View full size Courtesy Frankenmuth Recreation Center A rendering of the proposed 42,000-square-foot Frankenmuth Rec Center indoor facility.
Lawmakers Nix Light- Attack Aircraft Proposal.
Chairman Proposes Making Some JSAs Attributable .
The Department of Education is proposing to build upon the site of a synagogue i. Oakland Gardens, Bay Terrace.
The knives are already drawn for a proposal that might not even happen, a proposed closure of Vanderbilt Avenue to cars.
Sugarcreek Township officials have fewer concerns now about a proposed park's annexation into the city of Centerville because of a recently adopted amendment to a proposed purchase agreement between Dille Laboratories Corp.
Activists both for and against the proposed Park51 project rallied supporters near the proposed building site.
The Citizens Utility Board and the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group opposed a proposed 9 percent increase in electric rates and a nearly 4 percent gas rate the Green Bay utility proposed earlier this year.
SPRINGFIELD — A new provision in the proposed town plan has some residents who oppose the proposed biomass plant very concerned.
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In science:

Another proposal is due to Aharony, Bergman, Jafferis and Maldacena which proposed a certain N = 6 superconformal Chern-Simons-matter theory as the theory describing the worldvolume of multiple M2-branes at low energies .
Cartan-Weyl 3-algebras and the BLG Theory I: Classification of Cartan-Weyl 3-algebras
The Markov chain was generated using a Gaussian proposal density, and ensuring an acceptance rate of order 30% by tuning the spread of the proposal density during a burn-in period of 10 000 steps.
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique
Additional systems have since been proposed, and we propose still more in this paper.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
The proposal density g() on Y k can be chosen to be the product of proposal densities on Y .
Multiplicative random walk Metropolis-Hastings on the real line
In such a case, one should choose the univariate proposals which generate ’s close to 1 with high probabilities each (for example, the mixture proposals in Section 5.3).
Multiplicative random walk Metropolis-Hastings on the real line
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