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proffer

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verb prof·fer \ˈprä-fər\

Simple Definition of proffer

  • : to offer or give (something) to someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of proffer

profferedproffering play \-f(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to present for acceptance :  tender, offer

Examples of proffer in a sentence

  1. He proffered advice on how best to proceed.

  2. <proffered his assistance in helping the two sides reach a compromise>



Did You Know?

You may notice a striking similarity between "proffer" and "offer." Are the two words connected by etymology? Yes, indeed. "Proffer" comes from Anglo-French profrer, which itself is an alteration of the earlier "porofrir." That word in turn combines "por-" (which means "forth" and is related to our "pro-") and "offrir" (which means "to offer" and is an ancestor of our word offer). "Proffer" entered English in the 14th century. A more literary word than plain "offer," it adds or puts stress on the idea of voluntariness, spontaneity, or courtesy on the part of the one doing the tendering.

Origin of proffer

Middle English profren, from Anglo-French profrer, proffrir, porofrir, from por- forth (from Latin pro-) + offrir to offer — more at pro-


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with proffer


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proffer

noun prof·fer

Definition of proffer



Examples of proffer in a sentence

  1. <a generous proffer of his baronial estate for the charity gala>



14th Century

First Known Use of proffer

14th century


PROFFER Defined for Kids

proffer

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verb prof·fer \ˈprä-fər\

Definition of proffer for Students

profferedproffering

  1. :  1offer 1





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