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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
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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Examples for proffer
  • Meals are available, and the owner is happy to proffer information about the city.
  • They will be reluctant to proffer lots more money until they are sure it will be handed out in that spirit.
  • Any well-briefed attorney could proffer evidence to the contrary.
  • Respondents proffer seven state interests they claim are compelling.
  • He is, it should be pointed out, a misanthropic citizen who seeks no help and doesn't proffer it.
  • The government has made a proffer of how the counts are related, a proffer to which the defendant has not responded.
  • Where an appellant fails to proffer the testimony, he or she cannot claim on appeal that the trial court erred by excluding it.
British Dictionary definitions for proffer

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 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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