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verb of·fer \ˈȯ-fər, ˈä-\

Simple Definition of offer

  • : to give someone the opportunity to accept or take (something)

  • : to say that you are willing to do something

  • : to make (something) available : to provide or supply (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of offer



play \-f(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to present as an act of worship or devotion :  sacrifice b :  to utter (as a prayer) in devotion

  3. 2 a :  to present for acceptance or rejection :  tender <was offered a job> b :  to present in order to satisfy a requirement <candidates for degrees may offer French as one of their foreign languages>

  4. 3 a :  propose, suggest <offer a solution to a problem> b :  to declare one's readiness or willingness <offered to help me>

  5. 4 a :  to try or begin to exert :  put up <offered stubborn resistance> b :  threaten <offered to strike him with his cane>

  6. 5 :  to make available :  afford; especially :  to place (merchandise) on sale

  7. 6 :  to present in performance or exhibition

  8. 7 :  to propose as payment :  bid

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to present something as an act of worship or devotion :  sacrifice

  11. 2 archaic :  to make an attempt

  12. 3 :  to present itself

  13. 4 :  to make a proposal (as of marriage)

Examples of offer in a sentence

  1. I was offered a position at a bank, but I turned it down.

  2. The victims were offered money as compensation for their injuries.

  3. If I may, I'd like to offer you a bit of advice.

  4. One of his neighbors offered to mow his lawn.

  5. A woman stopped and offered to help us.

  6. We don't need any help, but thank you for offering.

  7. They offer their customers a choice between soup or salad.

  8. Living in a large city offers a number of advantages.

  9. I'd like to offer a couple of comments on the points you've raised.

  10. I really don't know enough about it to offer an opinion.

Origin and Etymology of offer

Middle English offren, in sense 1, from Old English offrian, from Late Latin offerre, from Latin, to present, tender, from ob- toward + ferre to carry; in other senses, from Anglo-French offrir, from Latin offerre — more at bear

First Known Use: before 12th century



noun of·fer

Simple Definition of offer

  • : the act of giving someone the opportunity to accept something : the act of offering something

  • : an amount of money that someone is willing to pay for something

  • : an opportunity to buy something at a price that is lower than the usual price

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of offer

  1. 1 a :  a presenting of something for acceptance <considering job offers from several firms> <an offer of marriage> b :  an undertaking to do an act or give something on condition that the party to whom the proposal is made do some specified act or make a return promise

  2. 2 obsolete :  offering

  3. 3 :  a price named by one proposing to buy :  bid

  4. 4 a :  attempt, try b :  an action or movement indicating a purpose or intention

on offer

  1. chiefly British :  being offered especially for sale

Examples of offer in a sentence

  1. After considering several job offers, she accepted a position with a local bank.

  2. He turned down an offer to run the company.

  3. We decided to hold out for a better offer.

  4. How much do you want for the bike? I don't know. Make me an offer.

  5. This special offer is good only while supplies last.

15th Century

First Known Use of offer

15th century

OFFER Defined for Kids



verb of·fer \ˈȯ-fər\

Definition of offer for Students



  1. 1 :  to present (something) to be accepted or rejected <She offered me a piece of pie.>

  2. 2 :  to declare willingness <We offered to help.>

  3. 3 :  to present for consideration :  suggest <Can I offer a suggestion?>

  4. 4 :  to make by effort <The local people offered no resistance to invaders.>

  5. 5 :  to present as an act of worship <We offered up prayers.>

Word Root of offer

The Latin word ferre, meaning “to carry” or “to bring,” gives us the root fer. Words from the Latin ferre have something to do with carrying. To transfer is to carry across from one person, place, or condition to another. To confer is to bring something to someone in order to present it. To offer is to bring forth for another to accept or reject. To prefer is to carry a stronger liking for one over another.



noun of·fer

Definition of offer for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of presenting (something) to be accepted or rejected <I couldn't resist the offer of chocolate.>

  2. 2 :  an act of declaring willingness <Thanks for your offer to help.>

  3. 3 :  a price suggested by someone prepared to buy :  bid <The offer for the house was too low.>

Law Dictionary


noun of·fer \ˈȯ-fər\

Legal Definition of offer

  1. 1 :  a proposal, promise, or other manifestation of willingness to make and fulfill a contract or to bargain under proposed terms with another party that has the power to accept it upon receiving it <denied accepting the offer> — see also revoke, tender offer

  2. 2 :  a price named by one proposing to buy (as in a bid, bargain, or settlement) :  the amount of an offer to pay money <decided the offer was too low>



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