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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