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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Newsletter Sign-up The European Council first rolled out its proposals in September. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Europe Ends Scandal-Plagued 2018 With Plan to Target Money Laundering," 27 Dec. 2018 Right now, Democrats are in the minority, and so their policy proposals can exist in a pure state. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The 3 decisions that will shape Medicare-for-all," 17 Dec. 2018 Despite the nostalgic location, Prince William's trip has nothing to do with his proposal to Kate. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Will Return To the Country Where He Proposed to Kate Middleton on His Next Royal Tour," 22 Sep. 2018 Buckingham Palace has this morning announced that Lady Gabriella Windsor will marry Mr Thomas Kingston, following his proposal in August and initial plans for the couple to tie the knot in spring 2019. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Buckingham Palace Just Announced that Prince Harry's Cousin is Marrying Pippa Middleton's Ex," 19 Sep. 2018 None of these proposals are going anywhere anytime soon. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Warren’s interesting new bill to lower generic drug prices, explained.," 20 Dec. 2018 The Fed is soliciting feedback on the proposal through Dec. 14. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "For Walmart and Target, the Fed Holds the Keys to Faster Payments," 6 Dec. 2018 Back in August of this year, Defense One reported that Lockheed Martin was working on a proposal to update the existing F-22 design with the new technologies developed for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Hybrid theory: Lockheed Martin, Boeing pitch upgraded F-22, F-15," 26 Nov. 2018 While the studio audience seemed to approve of the on-air proposal, not everyone on social media agreed with the grand gesture, pointing out how a similar engagement just took place at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "A 'Jeopardy' Contestant Proposed to His Girlfriend on Television and Her Answer Was Perfect," 28 Sep. 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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