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proffer

[prof-er]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put before a person for acceptance; offer.
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noun
  1. the act of proffering.
  2. an offer or proposal.
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Origin of proffer

1250–1300; Middle English profren < Anglo-French profrer, variant of Old French poroffrir, equivalent to por- pro-1 + offrir to offer
Related formsprof·fer·er, nounun·prof·fered, adjective

Synonyms

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1. volunteer, propose, suggest. See offer.
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Examples from the Web for proffered

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  • Instead of laughing when she drew back from a proffered caress, he turned surly.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The Mahommedans among them eagerly accepted the proffered food.

  • "Cap'n Bob stopped it, sir," was sure to have been the proffered reply.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • At the final parting, too, she proffered me only her cheek to touch with my lips.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • She walked straight up to him and proffered him her flowers.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for proffered

proffer

verb
  1. (tr) to offer for acceptance; tender
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noun
  1. the act of proffering
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Derived Formsprofferer, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French proffrir, from pro- 1 + offrir to offer
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Word Origin and History for proffered

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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