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Meaning of “propose” in the English Dictionary

"propose" in British English

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proposeverb

uk   /prəˈpəʊz/  us   /-ˈpoʊz/
  • propose verb (SUGGEST)

B2 [T] to ​offer or ​suggest a ​possibleplan or ​action for other ​people to ​consider: [+ that] I propose that we ​wait until the ​budget has been ​announced before ​committing ourselves to any ​expenditure. [+ -ing verb] He proposed ​dealingdirectly with the ​suppliers. She proposed a ​boycott of the ​meeting. He proposed a motion that the ​chairmanresign. [T] to ​suggest someone for a ​position in, or as a ​member of, an ​organization: To be ​nominated for ​unionpresident you need one ​person to propose you and another to second you.B2 [I] to ​ask someone to ​marry you: I ​remember the ​nightyourfather proposed to me.propose a toast to ​askpeople at a ​formalsocialoccasion to ​expresstheir good ​wishes or ​respect for someone by ​holding up ​theirglasses, usually of ​alcohol, at the same ​time and then ​drinking from them: Now, if you'd all ​pleaseraiseyourglasses, I'd like to propose a ​toast to the ​bride and ​groom.

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proposed
adjective uk   /-ˈpəʊzd/  us   /-ˈpoʊzd/

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B2 There have been ​hugedemonstrations against the proposed ​factoryclosure.
(Definition of propose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"propose" in American English

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proposeverb

 us   /prəˈpoʊz/
  • propose verb (SUGGEST)

to ​suggest or ​state (a ​possibleplan or ​action) for ​consideration: [+ to infinitive] She proposed to ​keep the ​schoolsopen all ​summer. [+ that clause] It has often been proposed that the ​president be ​elected by ​directpopularvote. If you propose to someone, you ​ask that ​person to ​marry you: [I] She ​feltsure he was going to propose.
  • propose verb (INTEND)

fml to ​intend to do something: [+ to infinitive] How do you propose to ​complete the ​project in such a ​shorttime?
(Definition of propose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"propose" in Business English

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proposeverb [T]

uk   us   /prəˈpəʊz/
to give someone a ​plan or ​idea to consider: She proposed a ​tax reformdesigned to make basic ​insurance more ​affordable.propose to do sth He is proposing to ​reduce the government's ​inflationtarget from 2.5% to 2%.propose doing sth They have proposed ​building a ​development of ​small, ​eco-friendlyhouses.propose that He proposed that the ​tradeauthorities get together to ​try to ​resolve the ​issue.
MEETINGS to suggest someone for a ​position or as a ​member of an ​organization: To be ​nominated as ​chairman, you need one ​person to propose you and another to second you.
MEETINGS to ​formally suggest an ​idea at a ​meeting, and ​askpeople to ​vote on it: He proposed a ​motion that the ​chairmanresign.
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propose to do sth to intend to do something: How do you propose to complete the ​project in such a ​shorttimescale?
proposed
adjective
Department ​administratorspresented the ​council with the proposed ​changes to the ​taxbreakprogram.
(Definition of propose from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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