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proposal Line breaks: pro|posal
Pronunciation: /prəˈpəʊz(ə)l/

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
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  • 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 wrote a formal proposal, but lost it down the back of a radiator.
scheme, plan, project, programme, manifesto, motion, bid, proposition, presentation, submission, approach, suggestion, overture, draft, recommendation, tender, terms
rare proffer
1.1 [mass noun] The action of proposing a plan or suggestion: the proposal of a flexible school-leaving age
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  • 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
2An offer of marriage: surely a woman as beautiful as you has had proposals?
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  • After all, convicted murderers always get more marriage proposals than other men.
  • I understand that you have accepted a proposal of marriage from Charles.
  • A woman scorned, she refused to help him and turned down his marriage proposal.

Words that rhyme with proposal

disposal, counterproposal

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