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

Definition of offer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to present as an act of worship or devotion : sacrifice to a Catholic church where she would offer a candle or so to his recovery— F. M. Ford
b : to utter (something, such as a prayer) in devotion offered up prayers of thanksgiving
2a : 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
3a : propose, suggest offer a solution to a problem
b : to declare one's readiness or willingness offered to help me
4a : 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.



Definition of offer (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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
4a : attempt, try
b : an action or movement indicating a purpose or intention
on offer
chiefly British : being offered especially for sale

Synonyms for offer

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the 2004 Golden Raspberry Awards — an annual ceremony honoring the worst Hollywood has to offer — Affleck’s mob comedy with Jennifer Lopez nabbed six top prizes., 12 Aug. 2022 But what are the best horror movies Shudder has to offer? Allaire Nuss,, 12 Aug. 2022 Part of that goal involves not just tapping into some of the best talent metro Detroit has to offer, but also importing national drag and music acts. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 Start with the overarching canyon views at Hermit’s Rest, then drop into the canyon toward a roaring set of rapids on the Colorado River to start this route, then continue on a tour of just about everything the Grand Canyon has to offer. Outside Online, 10 Aug. 2022 The mood this time around was one of extreme happiness, with Bajans and foreigners alike indulging in all the things the festival has to offer. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 8 Aug. 2022 Every year The Courier Journal invites readers to pick the top Louisville businesses, in search of the best the city has to offer. Caleb Stultz, The Courier-Journal, 6 Aug. 2022 Vice & Virtue is also on site brewing up the best local coffee the city has to offer. Brande Victorian, Essence, 5 Aug. 2022 That’s because the Lucid Air is arguably the most advanced car in terms of electrification currently on the market, easily beating anything Tesla has to offer. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His $44 billion offer in April represented a 38% premium on the public valuation, and the $1 billion poison pill clause made the completion of the deal seem likely. Cenk Sidar, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 His first scholarship offer, from FCS program Indiana State, blew him away. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 15 Aug. 2022 In 2020, four-star Payton Kirkland received his second offer from a tireless Wolford, still at USC. Nick Alvarez |, al, 13 Aug. 2022 The Chantoozies, had accepted his offer of a state service on behalf of the family. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 Musk has accused Twitter of misrepresenting the size of its user base to distort its value and cited the issue of fake accounts as a main reason for abandoning his offer to buy the company. Fortune, 6 Aug. 2022 Last month, Valek received his first official offer from NAIA Roosevelt in Chicago, a program with designs on moving up to the NCAA Division II level. Rick Armstrong, Chicago Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 The prosecutor’s call for a tough sentence for Griner — as well as a fine of 1 million rubles ($16,590) — came amid calls from the United States for Russia to seriously weigh its offer on a prisoner exchange to bring her home. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Please order him to accept my offer to pay for his precheck. John Hodgman, New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of offer


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


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

History and Etymology for offer

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

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of·​fer | \ ˈȯ-fər How to pronounce offer (audio) \
offered; offering

Kids Definition of offer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to present (something) to be accepted or rejected She offered me a piece of pie.
2 : to declare willingness We offered to help.
3 : to present for consideration : suggest Can I offer a suggestion?
4 : to make by effort The local people offered no resistance to invaders.
5 : to present as an act of worship We offered up prayers.



Kids Definition of offer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of presenting (something) to be accepted or rejected I couldn't resist the offer of chocolate.
2 : an act of declaring willingness Thanks for your offer to help.
3 : a price suggested by someone prepared to buy : bid The offer for the house was too low.

Choose the Right Synonym for offer


offer and present mean to put before another for acceptance. offer is used when the thing may be accepted or refused. He offered more coffee to the guests. present is used when something is offered with the hope or expectation of its being accepted. Salesmen presented their goods. The principal presented our diplomas.


of·​fer | \ ˈȯ-fər \

Legal Definition of offer

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

Other Words from offer

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