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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The amount of housing, which would be limited to residents 55 years of age and older, is a far cry from the last proposal the city received for the site. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Apartments, restaurant proposed for vacant land near the Village at Mendota Heights," 15 June 2019 With the help of advisers working from her headquarters, in Boston, Warren has been releasing a torrent of detailed policy proposals. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?," 14 June 2019 The map is anticipated to be made public if Judge Polster approves the new proposal. New York Times, "Groundwork Is Laid for Opioids Settlement That Would Touch Every Corner of U.S.," 14 June 2019 Mayor Greg Fischer issued his budget cuts proposal to the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "As Louisville budget vote nears, Courier Journal wants to answer your questions," 14 June 2019 For years, the board had been criticized for funneling lucrative bond oversight and consulting work to Jasmine Engineering without seeking competing proposals, repeatedly amending existing contracts. Krista Torralva,, "Harlandale ISD board braces for state action," 13 June 2019 There are criminal-justice-reform proposals gathering dust in Congress, but Representative Garamendi has the energy to get his pants over his head about paint. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "On Painting Air Force One," 13 June 2019 The Times reports that this expansion proposal is considered an alternative to plans put forward by Juventus and European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli., "UEFA Under Pressure to Reform the Champions League to Increase Number of Qualifying Teams to 40," 12 June 2019 Shell has had to delay or cancel other FLNG project proposals as a result of the escalating costs. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Shell starts up $15B Prelude FLNG project in Australia," 11 June 2019

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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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