October 16, 2021

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Word of the Day: proffer

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verb: present for acceptance or rejection

noun: a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

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The word proffer has appeared in 38 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 5 in “The Maldives Knows Y.O.L.O.” by Sheila Yasmin Marikar:

It doesn’t seem possible that a nation like this — 1,200 islands spread across 115 square miles of the Indian Ocean, 430 miles southwest of mainland Asia — can exist, let alone proffer such modern amenities as Wi-Fi, soaking tubs, overwater bungalows and artisanal gin and tonics.

And yet, as much of the West emerges haltingly from the pandemic, the Maldives is positioning itself as the place to go to rediscover the beauty of travel, to change your background I.R.L., not merely on Zoom. The island nation is waging this campaign even after a recent uptick in Covid-19 cases laid bare the limitations of its health care system — strapped, overworked and underresourced.

Can you correctly use the word proffer in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

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If you want a better idea of how proffer can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

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