offer

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verb

of·​fer ˈȯ-fər How to pronounce offer (audio)
ˈä-
offered; offering ˈȯ-f(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce offer (audio)
ˈä-

transitive verb

1
a
: to present as an act of worship or devotion : sacrifice
to a Catholic church where she would offer a candle or so to his recoveryF. M. Ford
b
: to utter (something, such as a prayer) in devotion
offered up prayers of thanksgiving
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
3
a
: propose, suggest
offer a solution to a problem
b
: to declare one's readiness or willingness
offered to help me
4
a
: to try or begin to exert : put up
offered stubborn resistance
b
: threaten
offered to strike him with his cane
5
: to make available : afford
The summit offers a panoramic view.
especially : to place (merchandise) on sale
offers a range of cameras at reasonable prices
6
: to present in performance or exhibition
offered a new comedy
7
: to propose as payment : bid
offered me $100 for the recliner

intransitive verb

1
: to present something as an act of worship or devotion : sacrifice
We are going to offer at the holy shrine.
2
archaic : to make an attempt
3
: to present itself
buying land whenever opportunity offered
4
: to make a proposal (as of marriage)
He offered to her after a three months' courtship.

offer

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noun

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
obsolete : offering
3
: a price named by one proposing to buy : bid
4
a
b
: an action or movement indicating a purpose or intention
Phrases
on offer
chiefly British : being offered especially for sale

Examples of offer in a Sentence

Verb I was offered a position at a bank, but I turned it down. The victims were offered money as compensation for their injuries. If I may, I'd like to offer you a bit of advice. One of his neighbors offered to mow his lawn. A woman stopped and offered to help us. We don't need any help, but thank you for offering. They offer their customers a choice between soup or salad. Living in a large city offers a number of advantages. I'd like to offer a couple of comments on the points you've raised. I really don't know enough about it to offer an opinion. Noun After considering several job offers, she accepted a position with a local bank. He turned down an offer to run the company. We decided to hold out for a better offer. “How much do you want for the bike?” “I don't know. Make me an offer.” This special offer is good only while supplies last.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Both the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees are expected to offer up several amendments, with the latter aiming to impose new warrant requirements on the FBI prior to querying the 702 database for information on Americans. Condé Nast, WIRED, 10 Apr. 2024 Norway is among the countries that does not offer a bonus to its medalists. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 10 Apr. 2024 Images that show 'satanism in public schools' are digital creations Though the woman was correct in noting the chain celebrated the Mercury retrograde in 2022 by offering free tarot card readings, there's no evidence McDonald's ever sold any demonic merchandise. Hannah Hudnall, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 Other programming and services are offered for expecting parents, long-term care facility residents, community gardeners, and human trafficking survivors, among others. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2024 The changes will give middle school students access to most of the sports offered at the high school level, said Darren Thomas, IPS’s director of athletics. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Apr. 2024 Affordability, access, rigor, convenience, appropriateness, are the things that parents care about, and the right needs something to offer them. Frederick M. Hess and Michael McShane, TIME, 10 Apr. 2024 Centuries of studying animal behavior changes during eclipses Historical records offer a glimpse into the enduring curiosity surrounding this topic. Trilce Estrada Olvera, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2024 What other amenities are offered? ▪ More than half a dozen flat screen TVs tuned to various networks such as CNBC, ESPN and the Weather Channel ▪ Two showers. Vinod Sreeharsha, Miami Herald, 10 Apr. 2024
Noun
One of the most exquisite pieces on offer is a Diamante Star gown by Arbeid (estimate: $200,000 to $400,000) that Diana wore to the Phantom of the Opera premiere and a dinner with King Constantine of Greece in 1986 (pictured top). Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2024 Still, Prime members will get free shipping and exclusive offers on top pet products. Tim Chan, Variety, 11 Apr. 2024 There should be things on offer to do, but it should be made very clear that everything is optional, and staying in your room and having a massage is absolutely acceptable. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 10 Apr. 2024 Bonuses and promos to look for include welcome offers, reload bonuses, refer-a-friend bonuses, and a VIP program. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 The offer is valid at your nearest participating Shake Shack or online on the Shake Shack app or website. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 Food company Conagra Brands will close its Beaver Dam Birds Eye food processing facility and warehouse and lay offer over 250 people, with all operations ending by early 2025. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. Kansas City Star, 8 Apr. 2024 Without knowing how much a student may get from the federal government, many schools and scholarship programs can’t put together offers of their own. Haley Messenger, NBC News, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

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

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of offer was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near offer

Cite this Entry

“Offer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/offer. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

offer

1 of 2 verb
of·​fer ˈȯf-ər How to pronounce offer (audio)
ˈäf-
offered; offering -(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce offer (audio)
1
: to present as an act of worship : sacrifice
2
: to present (something) to be accepted or rejected
was offered the job
offer $10 for the lamp
offer fruit for sale
3
a
: to present for consideration : suggest
offer a suggestion
b
: to declare one's willingness
offered to help
4
: to try to make or do : put up
offered stubborn resistance
5
: to make available
the hut offered protection from the wind and rain
6
: to propose as payment
I'll offer you $700 for that car

offer

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act or instance of offering
an offer to help
2
: a price suggested by one prepared to buy : bid
Etymology

Verb

Old English offrian "to present as an act of worship," derived from Latin offerre "to present, offer," from of-, ob- "to, toward" and ferre "to bear, carry" — related to defer entry 1, refer

Legal Definition

offer

noun
of·​fer
ˈȯ-fər
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
: 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
offer verb

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