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"propose" in British English

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proposeverb

uk   /prəˈpəʊz/  us   /prəˈpoʊz/
  • propose verb (SUGGEST)

B2 [T] to offer or suggest a possible plan 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 dealing directly with the suppliers. She proposed a boycott of the meeting. He proposed a motion that the chairman resign.
[T] to suggest someone for a position in, or as a member of, an organization: To be nominated for union president you need one person to propose you and another to second you.
B2 [I] to ask someone to marry you: I remember the night your father proposed to me.
propose a toast
to ask people at a formal social occasion to express their good wishes or respect for someone by holding up their glasses, usually of alcohol, at the same time and then drinking from them: Now, if you'd all please raise your glasses, I'd like to propose a toast to the bride and groom.

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proposed
adjective uk   /prəˈpəʊzd/  us   /prəˈpoʊzd/

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B2 There have been huge demonstrations against the proposed factory closure.
(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 possible plan or action) for consideration: [+ to infinitive] She proposed to keep the schools open all summer. [+ that clause] It has often been proposed that the president be elected by direct popular vote.
If you propose to someone, you ask that person to marry you: [I] She felt sure 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 short time?
(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 reform designed to make basic insurance more affordable.propose to do sth He is proposing to reduce the government's inflation target from 2.5% to 2%.propose doing sth They have proposed building a development of small, eco-friendly houses.propose that He proposed that the trade authorities 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 ask people to vote on it: He proposed a motion that the chairman resign.
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propose to do sth
to intend to do something: How do you propose to complete the project in such a short time scale?
proposed
adjective
Department administrators presented the council with the proposed changes to the tax break program.
(Definition of propose from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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