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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The proposal was chosen, in a unanimous vote, over submissions from such renowned architects as Richard Meier, I.M. Pei, and Norman Foster. Matt Schudel,, "Phil Freelon, architect who helped design Smithsonian’s African American Museum, dies at 66," 13 July 2019 The proposal drew protests last summer from Franco supporters who proudly raised their arms in fascist salutes. Washington Post, "She became the face of Spain’s stolen-baby scandal. Her family says she wasn’t abducted.," 13 July 2019 The proposal includes decreasing the number of residents complaining about the barking from three households to two. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Barking dogs keeping you up at night? Tempe could make it easier to cite dog owners," 13 July 2019 Hogan’s plan uses revenue from casinos and is about $300 million smaller than the proposal backed by Democrats in the House of Delegates. Luke Broadwater,, "Maryland speaker says first bill introduced next session will increase school construction funding by $2B," 13 July 2019 State funding is used to write the proposals and collect preliminary data to apply for grants. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Despair, rage’: University of Alaska community braces for big budget decisions ahead," 13 July 2019 The latest policy proposal from presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) attempts to address the backlog by allocating $1 billion in funding to help states tackle it. Li Zhou, Vox, "Thousands of rape kits are currently untested. Kamala Harris has a plan to change that.," 12 July 2019 For another thing, every such proposal tramples all over fair-minded moral intuitions of regular folks, intuitions disqualified by philosophers as primitive and philosophically untutored. New York Times, "What Counts as a Democracy? And Other Questions. …," 12 July 2019 The Trump administration subsequently offered to sell the system last year, but Mr. Erdogan last month said the proposal had fallen short of the deal offered by Russia. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Turkey Receives Russian Missile System, Risking U.S. Sanctions," 12 July 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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