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

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The Mahommedans among them eagerly accepted the proffered food.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • "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

/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 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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