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Usage statistics for the noun proposal:

conversational speech1.46%task-oriented speech98.54%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun proposal:

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Definition of the noun proposal

What does proposal mean as a name of something?

Proposal is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: proposals

  1. something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
  2. an offer of marriage
  3. the act of making a proposal
    • example: they listened to her proposal
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of proposal: proposition
    • more generic term: speech act = the use of language to perform some act
    • more specific word: presentation = the act of presenting a proposal

Alternative definition of the noun proposal


  1. That which is proposed, or propounded for consideration or acceptance; a scheme or design; terms or conditions proposed; offer; as, to make proposals for a treaty of peace; to offer proposals for erecting a building; to make proposals of marriage.
  2. [legal] The offer by a party of what he has in view as to an intended business transaction, which, with acceptance, constitutes a contract.


"Proposal" a.k.a. "The Proposal" is a 2009 American romantic comedy film set in Sitka, Alaska. Directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Peter Chiarelli, the film features Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the leading roles, with Betty White, Mary Steenburgen, and Craig T. Nelson in supporting roles. The film was produced by Mandeville Films and released on June 19, 2009, in North America by Touchstone Pictures. The plot centers on a Canadian woman, Margaret Tate, who learns that she may face deportation charges because of her expired visa. Determined to retain her position as executive chief, Tate convinces her assistant, Andrew Paxton, to temporarily act as her fiance. Initially planning on resuming their lives after Tate resolves her visa issues, they appear to abandon those plans as their relationship intensifies.


Proposal: A business proposal is a written offer from a seller to a prospective buyer. Business proposals are often a key step in the complex sales process—i.e., whenever a buyer considers more than price in a purchase.

Phrases with Proposal

  1. proposal of marriage
  2. marriage proposal
  3. Request for proposal

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Proposal

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Google previewBeyond Art (2014)

by Dominic McIver Lopes

The proposal is that the artistic value of a work is the value it has when and only when it is appreciated in the category made up of all and only works of art. That is , V is an artistic value of an art work = V is a value the work appears to have ...

Google previewThe Missionary Herald of the Baptist Missionary Society (1904)

The third proposal is that we make largei use of the Religious Press and of Literature Generally.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distance Learning (2005)

by Howard, Caroline

The proposal is the moneymaking document.

The proposal is a bid for the “job” of producing the requested e-learning.

Google previewA Unified Theory of Verbal and Nominal Projections (2001)

by Yoshiki Ogawa

Our third proposal is that K is the locus of all Case particles. Let us also propose that, just like the null C, the null K is universally an inflectional affix, and therefore it is subject to the condition on inflectional affixes we have assumed throughout ...

Google previewLanguages and Compilers for Parallel Computing (1996)

8th International Workshop, Columbus, Ohio, USA, August 10-12, 1995. Proceedings by Chua-Huang Huang

Central to our proposal is the notion of a virtual topology. A virtual topology defines a relation over a collection of virtual processors, and a mapping of those processors to a set of physical processors; processor topologies configured as trees, ...

Google previewModeling and Using Context (2003)

4th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, CONTEXT 2003, Stanford, CA, USA, June 23-25, 2003, Proceedings by Patrick Blackburn, Chiara Ghidini, Roy M. Turner, Fausto Giunchiglia

Our proposal is that people use spatial context, which is to say the relations among objects, to infer actions and make predictions about future states even when no physical events are directly perceived. We begin by presenting an overview of ...

Google previewScientific Papers and Presentations (2012)

by Martha Davis, Kaaron Joann Davis, Marion Dunagan

The graduate proposal is a plan for you and your committee to follow relative to your research objectives, but the long-term benefits of the experience can be even more valuable to your career for writing grant proposals that support your future ...

Google previewThe Business of Event Planning (2010)

Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Successful Special Events by Judy Allen

A proposal is the blueprint from which the event is built. It is the starting point, from which the planner can see the overall design and how it needs to be constructed. A properly prepared proposal requires intensive research and development.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Northwest Passage (2006)

by Alan Day

Barrow's “Proposal for an Attempt to Complete the Discovery of a North-West Passage,” submitted to the first lord of the Admiralty, Lord Haddington, in December 1844 provided the immediate impetus for a new discovery voyage.

Google previewDictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia (2013)

by Michael Leifer

A proposal for a system of collective security was advanced by Leonid Brezhnev on 7 June 1969 at a Conference of Communist and Workers Parties in Moscow. It was put forward almost as an afterthought to a speech on peaceful coexistence ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Portal Technologies and Applications (2007)

by Tatnall, Arthur

The content proposal divided the project up into two stages. The development of most relevant information for users was prioritized in the launch of the ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide Dream Dictionary (2007)

by Eve Adamson, Gayle Williamson

proposal. resolve you've made in your waking life or a commitment or promise you intend to make. You are testing out how it feels first, in your dream. Look for clues surrounding the dream promise, which may, on the surface, seem totally ...

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Quotes about Proposal

If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished. (Proposal to reform welfare programs) (Richard Milhous Nixon)
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Scrabble value of P3R1O1P3O1S1A1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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