proposal

noun
pro·​pos·​al | \prə-ˈpō-zəl \

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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The author of these proposals is Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), whose congressional district includes the headquarters for Apple and Google. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley congressman Ro Khanna explains his ‘internet bill of rights’," 6 Oct. 2018 The legality of the proposals, however, was questioned by City Attorney Mara Elliott, who unsuccessfully sued to strike both initiatives from the ballot. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SoccerCity continues legal action against SDSU West," 13 July 2018 The text of the proposal is littered with random capitalization, because some things are too important to lowercase. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody. Elliot Spagat, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge weighs tighter oversight of plan to reunite families," 13 July 2018 The remaining portion of the technology proposal would fund replacements and upgrades for systems and infrastructure. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD officials propose $178 million technology package for not-yet-approved school bond election," 13 July 2018 The purpose of such proposals is rarely elaborated, the details never worked out. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 According to a city news release, all unions affiliated with the city have confirmed support of the proposal and each group will have the additional designated holiday included as part of their respective bargaining agreement. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora may make Martin Luther King's birthday a holiday for city employees," 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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proposal

noun

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

proposal

noun
pro·​pos·​al | \prə-ˈpō-zəl \

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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