proffer

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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    types:
    give
    proffer (a body part)
    tender
    make a tender of; in legal settlements
    type of:
    give
    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
    tang
    a suggestion of some quality
    type of:
    proposal
    something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
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