A proposal is an offer. When making a marriage proposal, get down on one knee. When making a business proposal, try to stay off the floor.

A proposal is a suggested plan or offer. After overhearing the marriage proposal, everyone in the restaurant watched in silence, waiting to hear your answer. At least you said "yes" to dessert. There are other types of proposals besides marriage offers: "Your proposal that the dollar be replaced by a new currency made of cheese has gained support from the dairy industry."

Definitions of proposal

n the act of making a proposal

“they listened to her proposal
the act of presenting a proposal
first reading
the first presentation of a bill in a legislature
second reading
the second presentation of a bill in a legislature; to approve its general principles (Britain) or to discuss a committee's report and take a vote (US)
Type of:
speech act
the use of language to perform some act

n something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)

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a proposal for an appropriate course of action
a proposal offered as an alternative to an earlier proposal
a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations
proffer, proposition, suggestion
a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
a new proposal
a proposal of something previously rejected
motion, question
a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable
something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary
admonition, monition, warning, word of advice
cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)
breath, hint, intimation
an indirect suggestion
ghost, touch, trace
a suggestion of some quality
advance, approach, feeler, overture
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n an offer of marriage

marriage offer, marriage proposal, proposal of marriage
an informal reference to a marriage proposal
Type of:
offer, offering
something offered (as a proposal or bid)

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