proffer

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

offer something

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If you ‘proffer’ something to somebody, you present it to them, typically with an outstretched hand. By extension, it can also mean to provide advice, an opinion, or an explanation. It is essentially a more polite and formal version of the word ‘offer’. Therefore, it’s more commonly used in a professional context.

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Synonyms bestow,proposition
Antonyms abnegate,abjure,renounce

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  1. I’m still waiting for somebody to proffer an explanation as to why the order was not completed before the deadline.

  2. Thinking that the dispute had been resolved, I proffered my hand to Brian but he refused to shake it.

  3. As it was my first day working at the firm, I was reluctant to proffer an opinion at the daily meeting.

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