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proffer

[prof-er] /ˈprɒf ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put before a person for acceptance; offer.
noun
2.
the act of proffering.
3.
an offer or proposal.
Origin of proffer
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English profren < Anglo-French profrer, variant of Old French poroffrir, equivalent to por- pro-1 + offrir to offer
Related forms
profferer, noun
unproffered, adjective
Synonyms
1. volunteer, propose, suggest. See offer.
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  • Let me end as I begun, with the proffer of my hand in grasp of yours extended.

  • Now to thee, my prince, I proffer them all, gladly give them.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • I do not proffer this hand to everybody; but you steal into my heart.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • But, if he was sincere, if he meant what he said, why did he not come again to proffer it?

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He felt in a way obliged to proffer a word or two about the interview.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Is this house now your own, that you can make a proffer of it to any one?

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • I understand that proffer, and accept it as freely as it is given.

  • He took her traveling case from her hand, muttering a proffer to assist her.

British Dictionary definitions for proffer

proffer

/ˈprɒfə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to offer for acceptance; tender
noun
2.
the act of proffering
Derived Forms
profferer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French proffrir, from pro-1 + offrir to offer
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Word Origin and History for proffer
v.

"to offer," late 13c., from Anglo-French profrier (mid-13c.), Old French poroffrir (11c.), from por- "forth" (from Latin pro-; see pro-) + offrir "to offer," from Latin offerre (see offer (v.)). Related: Proffered; proffering. As a noun from late 14c.

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