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Imagine you are looking through a selection of events. One event takes your fancy and you want to see if a friend is interested too. I am looking for a verb that captures this. You are not quite inviting them, that is too concrete. On the other hand, you are sharing but you expect a response. Any ideas?

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I think you'll struggle to find a single word, but if you say something like "Oh, I like the look of the British Light Music concert next week at the Sydney Hall. Is that your sort of thing?" you are testing the waters. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 12 '13 at 20:15
Or "sounding him out". – StoneyB Nov 12 '13 at 20:25

You might like:

float : v To offer for consideration; suggest: floated my idea to the committee.

Using float you might say

I saw the event poster and floated the idea of going to a few of my friends, but I haven't gotten any response yet.

And of course there is suggest

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Consider broach

to mention or suggestion for the first time

to broach a subject

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This event looks great! Might you want to join me?

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Dispatch dawned on me immediately. Also, dispense or distribute would be meaningful and pertinent to what is being requested. Propose, request or ask, too.

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Forget about dispense and distribute; I hadn't read the description of your post beforehand. – Jacob Nov 12 '13 at 20:48
If you want to revise your answer, please do so by editing it. – p.s.w.g Nov 12 '13 at 20:53

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