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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.


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.


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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