If you present something for acceptance or rejection, you proffer it. If your best friend is really struggling with her math homework, you might want to proffer her some advice — like suggesting that she get a tutor.

What's the difference between proffer and offer? If you say you proffered something to a friend, it suggests a spirit of generosity and it signals that your friend was welcome to accept or reject it as he saw fit. In other words, proffer is usually a little more polite than offer. To remember this, think of the following equation: p[oliteness] + offer = proffer.

Definitions of proffer
  1. verb
    present for acceptance or rejection
    synonyms: offer
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    proffer (a body part)
    make a tender of; in legal settlements
    type of:
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  2. noun
    a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
    synonyms: proposition, suggestion
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    breath, hint, intimation
    an indirect suggestion
    ghost, touch, trace
    a suggestion of some quality
    advance, approach, feeler, overture
    a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
    a suggestion of some quality
    type of:
    something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
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