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

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 Additionally, under Moore's proposal, southwest Little Rock's Ward 7 would take part of the city's western edge from what is currently Ward 6. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 18 Nov. 2021 The taxes: Under Mr. Biden's proposal, a 15% minimum tax will be imposed on corporate profits that large corporations report to shareholders, as well as a 1% surcharge on corporate stock buybacks. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 18 Nov. 2021 The group also warned that, under the proposal, companies were likely to report smaller profits to their shareholders in order to lower their tax bills. Madeleine Ngo,, 18 Nov. 2021 Young said that the library had previously been under the Economic and Community Development Department, which is dissolved under the proposal. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2021 Under the proposal, police supervisors would have the authority to review recordings for any lawful management purpose, and the recordings could be used to evaluate officer performance and for training purposes. oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 All three of those neighborhoods would unify under a proposal by the Asian community groups. John Byrne,, 13 Nov. 2021 Under the proposal, Roybal-Allard’s district is effectively eliminated and she is drawn into a district with fellow Democrat Rep. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach that heavily favors him. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Under the proposal discussed Tuesday, Castellano would have returned 39 homes and 102 vacant lots to the Detroit Land Bank Authority. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, 9 Nov. 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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22 Nov 2021

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“Proposal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 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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