Definition of proposal in English:



  • 1A plan or suggestion, especially a formal or written one, put forward for consideration by others.

    ‘a set of proposals for a major new high-speed rail link’
    • ‘He set out a variety of proposals for new types of legal practice in a consultation paper in March.’
    • ‘The latest proposals for a relevant curriculum focus upon relating school to the world of work.’
    • ‘The councillors met with the developer and were shown the grounds and the proposals for the site.’
    • ‘He said if the junction plan became a formal proposal he would contact residents and organise a campaign.’
    • ‘The first draft plan on the proposals was submitted to the Army Board on Wednesday.’
    • ‘An action group today pledged to halt proposals for a new community centre outside its village.’
    • ‘There he will provide a number of alternative proposals for delivering summer shinty.’
    • ‘He has led opposition against the proposals for two years and pledged to vote against the law.’
    • ‘He insisted councillors were properly briefed on outline proposals for the access.’
    • ‘The inspector has also removed a proposed bypass and proposals for a new junior school.’
    • ‘The plan includes proposals for the Boreham homes and a new railway station in the area.’
    • ‘I have given consideration to current proposals for reform in the laws of adoption.’
    • ‘He said, while he supports the proposals for the land, he cannot support the way it has been done.’
    • ‘Parents have hit out at proposals for cutting special needs teaching places in the borough.’
    • ‘There are also proposals for a major public square in the heart of a new commercial district and a luxury hotel.’
    • ‘Or, if all else fails, he may try to come up with actual proposals for a second term.’
    • ‘Countryside campaigners have long fought any proposals for the reopening of the quarry.’
    • ‘Exciting proposals for more youth music events in Witham are set to be considered by town bosses.’
    • ‘He wrote a formal proposal, but lost it down the back of a radiator.’
    • ‘Sale of the land on which the present one stands would be a major kick-start to our proposals for a new venue.’
    scheme, plan, project, programme, manifesto, motion, bid, proposition, presentation, submission, approach, suggestion, overture, draft, recommendation, tender, terms
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of proposing a plan or suggestion.
      ‘the proposal of a flexible school-leaving age’
      • ‘His proposal to object to the application was narrowly defeated by five to four votes.’
      putting forward, suggesting, proposing, advancing, offering, presentation, submitting, submission, preferring, filing, lodging, tabling, introduction, initiation, tendering, bidding, projecting, recommendation, advocacy, propounding, proffering, positing
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  • 2An offer of marriage.

    ‘surely a woman as beautiful as you has had proposals?’
    • ‘A woman scorned, she refused to help him and turned down his marriage proposal.’
    • ‘I understand that you have accepted a proposal of marriage from Charles.’
    • ‘She did not want to lose the doctor and accepted his proposal of marriage.’
    • ‘She rejected his proposal of marriage and, for many weeks, we heard no more of him.’
    • ‘Men on the receiving end of a marriage proposal should be flattered, said Richard.’
    • ‘A young girl in an evangelically strict household receives a proposal of marriage from a young man.’
    • ‘Two thousand miles is a long way to go to have your marriage proposal turned down.’
    • ‘They report to him of her beauty and great qualities, and he sends her a proposal of marriage.’
    • ‘It is then that she receives a marriage proposal from an educated person whom she also likes.’
    • ‘She accepted his marriage proposal, not telling him the truth about her sister.’
    • ‘The interval was interrupted by a marriage proposal, accepted with haste by the prospective bride.’
    • ‘What looked like a proposal of marriage between the two biggest insurers in Britain turned out to be a brief encounter.’
    • ‘The two plays focus on a woman who rejects a marriage proposal and is attacked by the jilted lover.’
    • ‘We do not know exactly what Harry said to Bess, but it must have amounted to a proposal.’
    • ‘After all, convicted murderers always get more marriage proposals than other men.’
    • ‘I offered my proposal in the heat of passion, and I will withdraw it while the pot still boils.’
    • ‘So for Valentine's Day this year I got one card, a bunch of flowers and a proposal of marriage.’
    • ‘I know that many prefer the type of stories that begin with a proposal of marriage or even a wedding or dance.’
    • ‘I am about to make a proposal of marriage and want to know if it is the right decision.’
    • ‘Still, none of these proved quite as attractive to me as the marriage proposal.’