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proffer

verb prof·fer \ ˈprä-fər \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of proffer

proffered; proffering play \ˈprä-f(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
:to present for acceptance :tender, offer

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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

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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 and Etymology of proffer

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


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proffer

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Definition of proffer

Examples of proffer in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of proffer from the Web

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First Known Use of proffer

14th century


PROFFER Defined for English Language Learners

proffer

verb

Definition of proffer for English Language Learners

  • : to offer or give (something) to someone


PROFFER Defined for Kids

proffer

verb prof·fer \ ˈprä-fər \

Definition of proffer for Students

proffered; proffering
:1offer 1


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