proposal

noun

pro·​pos·​al prə-ˈpō-zəl How to pronounce proposal (audio)
1
: an act of putting forward or stating something for consideration
2
a
: something proposed : suggestion
b
: offer
specifically : an offer of marriage

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Residents of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough rejected a $6.5 million bond proposal for a domed stadium in 1972. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2022 For a second time, Glenview village trustees have postponed voting on the first consideration of a proposal for the new retail and business development. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022 More than 40 countries are supporting a proposal by Germany and Iceland for the Human Rights Council to hold a special session on human rights in Iran. Astha Rajvanshi, Time, 17 Nov. 2022 The state of Michigan issued a request for proposal for a new unemployment insurance system earlier this year. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2022 One difference is that the proposal for the new stadium includes the possibility of a sportsbook on the site. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 The proposal for the new school includes 39 classrooms across three grade levels, three science and technology rooms, two art rooms and 14 special education classrooms. Patrick Linehan, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2022 In addition to the proposal for sharply higher street damage fees, industry officials object to a policy that would encourage companies to do more joint trenching. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 Politico and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have a gripping piece out about the lobbying and threats that Big Pharma allegedly used when trying to kill the proposal for a COVID vaccine intellectual property waiver. Alan Murray, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of proposal was circa 1629

Dictionary Entries Near proposal

Cite this Entry

“Proposal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proposal. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

proposal

noun

pro·​pos·​al prə-ˈpō-zəl How to pronounce proposal (audio)
1
: a stating or putting forward something for consideration
2
a
: something proposed : suggestion
b
: an offer of marriage

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