pro·​pos·​al | \ prə-ˈpō-zəl How to pronounce proposal (audio) \

Definition of proposal

1 : an act of putting forward or stating something for consideration
2a : something proposed : suggestion
b : offer specifically : an offer of marriage

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Examples of proposal in a Sentence

Everyone thought the proposal made sense. The committee is reviewing the proposal for the new restaurant. They put forth a proposal to sell the company. These problems have led to the proposal of a new law.
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On February 25, Ivanka Trump criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's signature policy proposal, the Green New Deal, during an interview with FOX News. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Garment Workers Have Organized Strikes for Over 100 Years As They Pay the Human Cost of Fashion," 8 Mar. 2019 Using legal language similar to the Trump EPA's proposal, Murray Energy asked a federal court to review MATS regulations in 2016. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "EPA Wants To Hollow Out Regulations That Safeguard Against Mercury Poisoning," 28 Dec. 2018 The three of them have put forth a proposal that would change this outdated rule to allow religious head coverings such as hijab or kippah on the floor. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Ilhan Omar Wants to Change the Outdated Rule That Bans Hijab in Congress," 19 Nov. 2018 Multiple factors both forced the couple apart and made a potential proposal impossible at the time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Prince Charles Didn’t Marry Camilla Parker Bowles in the First Place," 12 Nov. 2018 After city officials announced a proposal to site a modular facility in residential neighborhood in Marpole, the building where Richard Nuttall now lives, activists staged a sit-in to block it. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Vancouver, B.C., bet on modular housing to ease homelessness. Could it work in Seattle?," 1 Oct. 2018 That request was part of a detailed proposal the Grand Prix made Friday morning to the Belle Isle Advisory Committee. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix offers $300,000 a year to race on Belle Isle," 13 July 2018 Naperville Planning and Zoning commissioners Wednesday will hear a proposal for a two-story, 41,000-square-foot building at 3103 Odyssey Ave. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Whirlyball business with laser tag, bowling proposed for burgeoning 'entertainment district' off Route 59 and I-88," 13 July 2018 A day after 21st Century Fox submitted a proposal that valued Sky at £24.5bn ($32.5bn), Comcast upped its offer, to £26bn. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of proposal

circa 1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of proposal was circa 1629

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English Language Learners Definition of proposal

: something (such as a plan or suggestion) that is presented to a person or group of people to consider
: the act of presenting a plan, suggestion, etc., to a person or group of people
: the act of asking someone to marry you


pro·​pos·​al | \ prə-ˈpō-zəl How to pronounce proposal (audio) \

Kids Definition of proposal

1 : an act of stating or putting forward something for consideration Problems led to the proposal of a new law.
2 : something suggested : plan
3 : an offer of marriage

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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