Definition of proffer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    proffer

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒfə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfər//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they proffer
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒfə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfər//
     
    he / she / it proffers
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfərz//
     
    past simple proffered
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfərd//
     
    past participle proffered
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfərd//
     
    -ing form proffering
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒfərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1proffer something (to somebody) | proffer somebody something to offer something to somebody, by holding it out to them ‘Try this,’ she said, proffering a plate. He bent forward to kiss her proffered cheek.
  2. 2to offer something such as advice or an explanation proffer something (to somebody) What advice would you proffer to someone starting up in business? proffer somebody something What advice would you proffer her? proffer itself A solution proffered itself.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French proffrir, from Latin pro- ‘before’ + offerre ‘to offer’.
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