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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Recent Examples on the Web Creating a decertification process has been a priority for activists since last year’s racial justice protests, but the proposal has been caught in bitter disagreements with law enforcement groups over how the process should work. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Sep. 2021 State corrections officials are tweaking a plan to replace hard copies of prisoners’ mail with digitized versions, after a legislative committee raised concerns about the proposal that sparked an outcry from inmates’ families and advocates. Dara Kam,, 8 Sep. 2021 Council will need to approve the proposal before Kennedy sends the application to the state. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 8 Sep. 2021 The Tong Building site had been considered in 2015 and a three-story conceptual design was floated, but the proposal withered with lack of action. Jesse Leavenworth,, 8 Sep. 2021 The state proposal included statements that students could presumably make about themselves at certain grade levels. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 8 Sep. 2021 The letter also said the proposal doesn’t fully account for the housing wealth taken from Albina residents when ODOT seized under eminent domain policies to build I-5. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 Surprisingly, Democrats favored this school-choice proposal more than Republicans, with support at 82% and 78%, respectively. Corey A. Deangelis, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021 However, this $60 billion-per-year proposal would only succeed in exacerbating income inequality while burgeoning the debt. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 30 Aug. 2021

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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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11 Sep 2021

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“Proposal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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