offer


offer
offer vb Offer, proffer, tender, present, prefer can all mean to lay, set, or put something before another for acceptance.
Offer, the most common of these words, frequently implies a putting before one something which may be accepted or rejected
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there was a crown offered him: and being offered him, he put it by— Shak.

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had he succeeded, he told me, he would have offered me the post of subeditor— Ellis

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offer a suggestion

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the dress department offers several new models this week

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he offered $10,000 for the house

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we must ask in the end what they have to offer in place of what they denounce— T. S. Eliot

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Proffer differs from offer chiefly in more consistently implying a putting or setting before one something that one is at liberty to accept or reject and in usually stressing voluntariness, spontaneity, or courtesy on the part of the agent
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proffered his arm to a lady having difficulty in crossing a street

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felt that it would be indelicate just then to ask for any information which Casaubon did not profferGeorge Eliot

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rejecting the proffered assistance of a couple of officious friends— Shaw

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the flavor of social success is delicious, though it is scorned by those to whose lips the cup has not been proffered—L. P. Smith

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Tender was originally and still is a term in legal use meaning to offer something to the court or to a person concerned, according to the terms of the law, for formal acceptance or approval
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tender a thousand dollars in full satisfaction of a debt

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the defense will tender evidence to prove its contention that the defendant has a sound alibi

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will purchase all shares of preferred tendered to it before the redemption date— Wall Street Jour.

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tender the oath to a justice being sworn into office

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In general use tender differs from offer and proffer in carrying a stronger connotation of modesty, humility, or gentleness on the part of the one who makes the offer
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my gracious lord, I tender you my service— Shak.

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they are not judgments in name or form, but are expressed only as advice humbly tendered to Her Majesty— Hogg

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Tender, however, is the idiomatic or polite term in certain collocations
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three of us have already tendered our resignations— Bretnor

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this symposium is tendered to John Dewey as he enters the tenth decade of his life— Sidney Hook

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tender one's congratulations

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Present (see also GIVE) carries a stronger implication of ceremonious exhibition or of outward show than any of the preceding terms; otherwise it often suggests little more than offer in the sense of to lay or put before one for consideration, selection, or approval or for one's use or pleasure
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the butler presented the letter on a salver

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the producer will present a new play this week

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my last, least offering, I present thee now— Cowper

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whether Proust has not intended ... for all his apparent deliquescent Romanticism, to present us with a realistic case history— Edmund Wilson

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the legislation was presented in July. The debate did little to clarify the specific issues— Comstock

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Prefer (see also CHOOSE) is disused in the sense of proffer or present except in some legal use
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prefer an indictment

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prefer a claim

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although common in writing up to late in the nineteenth century
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he spake, and to her hand preferred the bowl— Pope

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I don't prefer any claim to being the soul of romance— Dickens

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Analogous words: *give, present, bestow, confer: *adduce, advance: propose, design, purpose, *intend
Contrasted words: accept, take, *receive: reject, refuse, *decline

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