Meaning of “proposal” in the English Dictionary

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"proposal" in British English

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proposalnoun [ C ]

uk /prəˈpəʊ.zəl/ us /prəˈpoʊ.zəl/

B2 a suggestion, sometimes a written one:

Congress has rejected the latest economic proposal put forward by the President.
[ + to infinitive ] There has been an angry reaction to the government's proposal to reduce unemployment benefit.
Have you read Steve's proposals for the new project?
[ + that ] There was anger at the proposal that a UN peacekeeping force should be sent to the area.

B2 an offer of marriage

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  • 50 people voted against the new proposal.
  • The members are agreed that the proposal should be rejected.
  • They declared their support for the proposal
  • I'll send you a fax with the details of the proposal.
  • The management has refused to back our proposals.

(Definition of “proposal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"proposal" in American English

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proposalnoun [ C ]

us /prəˈpoʊ·zəl/

a suggestion for a possible plan or action:

The president’s proposal was to tax a percentage of Social Security benefits for high-income people.

(Definition of “proposal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"proposal" in Business English

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proposalnoun [ C ]

uk /prəˈpəʊzəl/ us

a formal suggestion, plan, or idea, often a written one:

a proposal for sth The Senate rejected the proposal for a rise in Brazil's minimum wage.
a proposal to do sth Management has made proposals to cap overtime.
make/put forward/submit a proposal Nine other firms submitted proposals for the Navy complex.
approve/consider/reject a proposal Investors approved the merger proposal.
a budget/spending proposal
a merger/project/tax proposal

INSURANCE an official document in which you give information about yourself and your property for an insurance agreement:

Once you have completed the on-screen proposal form, the premium and cover details are sent to you by e-mail.

(Definition of “proposal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)