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 recreational market became possible when voters approved a ballot proposal in November to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use for anyone 21 or older. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Here are six licenses to consider for entering Michigan's recreational pot market," 5 Sep. 2019 Yang, a tech entrepreneur, has anchored his longshot bid with a proposal to give $1,000 in cash to every American, saying the payments will shield workers from the pain of certain job losses caused by automation. Author: Adam Beam, Anchorage Daily News, "California city tests buzzy campaign idea for income," 4 Sep. 2019 Topics included things like cryptocurrency, a proposal to switch to licensed professional jurors, and gene-editing. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Study shows some political beliefs are just historical accidents," 2 Sep. 2019 That was a jump of $745,577 over the original proposal from United Maintenance. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Airport officials change decision, award janitorial contract to incumbent," 30 Aug. 2019 Yesterday at the 18th triennial meeting of an international wildlife trade treaty, countries approved a proposal that limits the export of wild African elephants. National Geographic, "African elephants can now only rarely be taken from the wild and sent to faraway zoos," 28 Aug. 2019 In a romantic montage of Fine’s proposal, Cassie was led to a ranch, where Fine awaited her on a horse. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wedding Bells are Ringing for Cassie and Trainer Alex Fine," 27 Aug. 2019 Councilman Cary Moon took issue with the proposal, arguing tax breaks for residential construction, even downtown high-rises, didn't fit with the city's goals for job growth. Dallas News, "Tax incentives could kickstart Fort Worth's first new residential high-rise in 30 years," 21 Aug. 2019 One central proposal, from state Sen. William Ihlenfeld, would make West Virginia the first state to mandate that governors place all of their assets into a blind trust, something Justice, the wealthiest man in the state, has refused to do. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, "Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor," 21 Aug. 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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