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 proposal is available on his website, Skyler Swisher,, "Parkland parent Andrew Pollack promotes his safety plan for schools," 28 June 2018 Taylor shared photos of the adorable proposal on her Instagram. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Fans Got Engaged in Front of the Singer," 14 July 2018 The singer then posted an image of the proposal on Instagram—and her face pretty much sums up the entire thing. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Had the Best Reaction When Two Super-Fans Got Engaged Right in Front of Her," 14 July 2018 What Pfizer is referring to is a May 2018 blueprint the White House put out with a series of proposals on lower drug prices. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump got Pfizer to reverse its drug price hikes — but he gave up some big concessions," 11 July 2018 Graves is a smart, independent thinker who is quick to offer sensible proposals on complicated problems. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "The Thailand cave rescue is complete, and more on the Supreme Court | Tuesday Morning Brief, July 10," 10 July 2018 The premier convened a cabinet meeting on Friday at her Chequers country retreat to take another stab at agreeing to a proposal on trade with the EU., "Rolls Royce adds to Brexit alarm sounded by UK manufacturers," 5 July 2018 On Thursday, the EU Parliament voted 318 to 278 against a committee proposal on the law, the EU Copyright Directive, in its current form, with 31 members of the parliament abstaining. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "European Parliament Rejects Controversial Copyright Law," 5 July 2018 On Monday, the City Commission unanimously voted to allow city staff to negotiate a lease for the hotel, putting in motion a process that developers hope will culminate in a proposal on the November ballot. Kyra Gurney,, "New Miami Beach convention center hotel plan gets initial green light," 2 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 \

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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a state of commotion or excitement

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