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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: profrer, from Old French poroffrir, from por- 'forward' + offrir 'to offer'

proffer

verb
     
prof‧fer [transitive] formal
1 to offer something to someone, especially by holding it out in your hands:
Sarah took the glass proffered by the attendant.
proffer somebody something
Poirot proffered him a cigarette.
2 to give someone advice, an explanation etc:
the proffered invitation

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