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verb (used with object)
  1. to put before a person for acceptance; offer.
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  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


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Related Words

propound, gift, extend, give, propose, pose, submit, hand, proposition, tender, present, volunteer

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British Dictionary definitions for proffering


  1. (tr) to offer for acceptance; tender
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  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 proffering



"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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