Definition of proposal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈpəʊzl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpoʊzl//
    Business deals, Marriage
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a formal suggestion or plan; the act of making a suggestion to submit/consider/accept/reject a proposal proposal to do something a proposal to build more office accommodation proposal that… His proposal that the system should be changed was rejected. proposal for something The proposal for a new high-speed railway met with strong opposition. Wordfinderacquisition, bid, broker, contract, deal, merger, negotiation, offer, proposal, takeover See related entries: Business deals
  2. 2  [countable] an act of formally asking somebody to marry you See related entries: Marriage
  3. Extra examples I welcome the proposal to reduce taxes for the poorly paid. She accepted his proposal of marriage. She turned down his proposal. The Ministry submitted a proposal for lower speed limits on motorways. The government could face defeat if it tries to push through the controversial proposals. The government outlined a new set of proposals on human rights. The government tried to push through the controversial proposals. Under the draft proposals, the Commission will be significantly strengthened. proposals concerning the use of land He approved a controversial proposal for a new marina complex. His proposal that the system be changed was rejected. She had been hoping for a sweet old-fashioned proposal of marriage. She presented her detailed budget proposals.
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