Definition of proposal in English:

proposal

noun

  • 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.’
  • 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.’

Pronunciation:

proposal

/prəˈpəʊz(ə)l/