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man proposes, God disposes
Humans may come up with any number of ambitious or ingenious plans or ideas, but, ultimately, forces outside of our control determine whether they fail or succeed. The sinking of the Titanic, the supposedly unsinkable ship, shows better than perhaps anything else that while man proposes, God disposes. We've given our very best to the project, and, at this point, it's up to fate whether things work out for us. Man proposes, God disposes.
propose a toast
To request that those present raise their glasses in honor of or tribute to someone or something. Before we all sit down to our meal, I just want to propose a toast to my mother. Mom, we all love you so much, and we hope your retirement marks the beginning of a wonderful new chapter in your life.
1. To suggest that some action be taken. I propose to move the meeting to next week. We propose to join forces and repel the invaders as a single, unified army!
2. To make a suggestion to someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "propose" and "to" to specify what is being suggested. I suggested a slightly different way of wording the text to the boss, but he got really mad at me for it. They're proposing a lower price to us for the house seeing as there were so many issues with the plumbing.
3. To ask for someone's hand in marriage; to make a marriage proposal. I'm planning on proposing to Judy while we're in Paris. She proposed to me on my birthday.
Man proposes, God disposes.
Prov. People may make plans, but they cannot control the outcome of their plans. Jill: Are you really going to be able to finish writing your novel by the end of the year? Bob: Man proposes, God disposes.
propose a toast
to make a toast before a celebratory drink. I'd like to propose a toast in honor of your birthday. At the wedding reception, the bride's father proposed a toast to the new couple.
propose something to someone
to suggest something to someone. I have an idea I would like to propose to you. Sam wanted to propose a new plan to Sarah.
propose to someone
to suggest marriage to someone, usually a male to a female. Guess who proposed to me last night? Do you think that Sam will propose to Mary?