Definition of proffer in English:


Syllabification: prof·fer
Pronunciation: /ˈpräfər


[with object]
  • Hold out (something) to someone for acceptance; offer: he proffered his resignation
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    • Theories were suggested, opinions were proffered, heads of channels pontificated.
    • Scots have always been known for the genuine warmth of their welcome, proffering a dram or cup of tea with the extended hand of friendship.
    • They too will have to work with accepting the new notes and with proffering the correct change.
    offer, tender, submit, extend, volunteer, suggest, propose, put forward; hold out


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  • An offer or proposal.
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    • And then, as I found out only the same day, on March 23 of 1983, he, in a five-minute segment at the end of his broadcast, he announced the proposal as a proffer to the Soviet government.
    • Once the defendant spills the beans at the proffer, his lawyers and the government lawyers work out a deal - how much will the government give up for his information or testimony?
    • Said here, here is the deal, here is a written proffer.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French proffrir, from Latin pro- 'before' + offerre 'to offer'.

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