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Propose, vb. 1) to offer for consideration or acceptance: “the wager which we will p.” Shr. V, 2, 69. “which his majesty did first p.” All's IV, 5, 78. “the king hath granted every article . . . . according to their firm --d natures,” H5 V, 2, 362. “you would not hear me at many leisures I --d,” Tim. II, 2, 137. “that portion which yourself --d,” Lr. I, 1, 245. “many --d matches,” Oth. III, 3, 229.
2) to place before, to point out as a goal to be reached, to promise as a reward to be obtained: “when great treasure is the meed --d,” Lucr. 132. “a joy --d,” Sonn. 129, 12. so (for advantage) “is running away, when fear --s the safety,” All's I, 1, 216. “the gain --d,” H4B I, 1, 183. “now thy beauty is --d my fee,” R3 I, 2, 170. “the lily-beds --d for the deserver,” Troil. III, 2, 14. “ere we could arrive the point --d,” Caes. I, 2, 110. “what to ourselves in passion we p., the passion ending, doth the purpose lose,” Hml. III, 2, 204.
2) to call before the eye of the mind, to image: “be now the father and p. a son,” H4B V, 2, 92. “I p. not merely to myself the pleasures such a beauty brings with it,” Troil. II, 2, 146. Hence == to look forward to, to be ready to meet: “a thousand deaths would I p. to achieve her,” Tit. II, 1, 80.
4) to speak: “my cousin Beatrice --ing with the prince and Claudio,” Ado III, 1, 3. “whilst I p. the self-same words to thee which thou wouldst have me answer to,” H6C V, 5, 20. “p. the oath, my lord,” Hml. I, 5, 152. “wherein the toged consuls can p. as masterly as he,” Oth. I, 1, 25.
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