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English verb: propose

1. propose (communication) make a proposal, declare a plan for something


SamplesThe senator proposed to abolish the sales tax.


ExamplesThey propose him to write the letter, They propose to move


Synonymsadvise, suggest


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)declare


Narrower (hyponym)advance, advocate, feed back, make a motion, move, posit, proposition, put forward, recommend, state, submit, throw out, urge

2. propose (cognition) present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.


SamplesHe proposed a new plan for dealing with terrorism.
She proposed a new theory of relativity.


Synonymsproject


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)plan


Narrower (hyponym)introduce, offer

3. propose (cognition) propose or intend


SamplesI aim to arrive at noon.


Synonymsaim, purport, purpose


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)intend, mean, think

4. propose (social) put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position


SamplesThe President nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission.


Synonymsnominate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something


Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take


Narrower (hyponym)nominate, put forward, put up

5. propose (communication) ask (someone) to marry you


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymsdeclare oneself, offer, pop the question


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to somebody


Broader (hypernym)request









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