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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Ms Warren’s proposal also contains a characteristically detailed reworking of the farm-subsidies programme. J.f. | Des Moines, The Economist, "Nearly two dozen presidential candidates descend on Iowa," 9 Aug. 2019 The cost for Uber and Lyft is harsher regulations, like New York City’s recently expanded moratorium on new for-hire vehicles, or California’s proposal to transform freelance drivers into full-fledged employees. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber lost over $5 billion in one quarter, but don’t worry, it gets worse," 8 Aug. 2019 The Cumby’s proposal would lift the caps on traditional off-premise sales licenses over time, until they are eliminated entirely in 2024. Jon Chesto,, "Cumberland Farms files ballot question to lift cap on liquor licenses," 8 Aug. 2019 ALDOT’s toll proposal utilizes the public-private partnership (P3) plan, with a mix of financing and a recently-received $125 million from the federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. John Sharp |, al, "Ivey unaware of conflicts between Toll Authority meeting and tax referendums," 5 Aug. 2019 Beyond the symbolic flourishes, Gensler’s proposal also reflects the changing function of grand places of worship today. Anne Quito, Quartz, "A design proposal for Notre-Dame reveals the changing function of churches," 3 Aug. 2019 The story compared it to President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the number of legal immigrants to the United States. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Obituary: UW professor Anthony Ishisaka was ‘great humanitarian,’ co-founder of Asian Counseling and Referral Services," 3 Aug. 2019 Biden’s health care proposal is the most substantive effort to build on what have been largely rhetorical efforts to tie himself to Obama. NBC News, "Democrats fret Obama could become collateral damage in nomination battle," 2 Aug. 2019 Ruhlin’s rate was $16,800 per space, with CPS’ slightly higher; Ruhlin’s proposal called for 219 spaces, with CPS 205. Allison Wood,, "After lawsuit, firm awarded parking deck contract," 2 Aug. 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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