of·fer | \ ˈȯ-fər , ˈä- \
offered; offering\ˈȯ-f(ə-)riŋ, 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

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Synonyms for offer

Synonyms: Verb

extend, give, proffer, tender, trot out

Synonyms: Noun

proffer, proposal, proposition, suggestion

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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.

Examples of offer in a Sentence


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.


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition to bike riding, iCan shine offers swimming and other learning opportunities in recreational activities for people with disabilities, according to its website. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 Flynt’s work on Bachelor’s Beat in 1968 offered clues about what was to come. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 The family returned to Pakistan when his father was offered the artistic directorship of a prestigious theater in Lahore, before Tahir returned to the United States for high school and college. Joel Brown,, "Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out," 12 July 2018 Stretch classes came back into popularity in the late 1960s, when gyms offered their services to secretaries and other working women. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 Federal politicians have yet to offer any major legislation in support of renewable ammonia, Finkel says, perhaps understandable in a country long wedded to exporting coal and natural gas. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Such a move offers two benefits: relocating the terminal to an industrial area instead of an area dominated by homes, medical businesses and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center; and freeing about 50 acres for redevelopment. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018 Two days later on July 13, foodies (and junk food junkies) celebrate National French Fry Day, when many chains offer free or discounted fries. Chris Morris, Fortune, "7-Eleven Is Giving Out Free Slurpees Wednesday—and There's More Free Food For Days to Follow," 10 July 2018 The online sale exclusive to Prime members offers over a million rapid-fire deals on TVs, smart home gadgets, kitchen items, groceries, toys, fashion, furniture, appliances, back-to-school supplies, and everyday essentials. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "How to Know if Amazon Prime Is Truly Worth It for You and Your Family," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fox must publish a formal document with details of its offer within 28 days of Thursday’s final government approval. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "What's Next in the Bidding War for Sky?," 13 July 2018 The woman thanked him profusely and offered him a reward, but Trocchio declined her offer and left the Dunkin' Donuts. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Boston bus driver returns purse with $8,000 inside, saving family's vacation," 1 July 2018 On one hand, if a team like Philadelphia — which along with Boston always has made sense as a Leonard destination — sees the Lakers upping their offer for Leonard, the Sixers might be goaded into doing the same. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As ‘pressure’ builds in LA, Spurs see reason to be patient," 27 June 2018 Under the final agreement, rebels who fully confess and offer reparations to victims are unlikely to be sent behind bars. NBC News, "Former guerrilla, young conservative vie to lead Colombia," 17 June 2018 Deals Available Now Some offers are available early starting now through Prime Day. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to shop like a pro during Amazon Prime Day," 12 July 2018 Sprint's offer is available to active duty, reserve and veterans of all branches of the military. Eli Blumenthal, USA TODAY, "Sprint's new unlimited plans add choice-- and an option for Tidal," 12 July 2018 Disney is ahead in that bidding war with an offer of $71 billion. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Comcast Increases Sky Bid to $34B, Trumping Fox Offer," 11 July 2018 Oh, Heat fans will say the aforementioned offer is too much considering Leonard might be in town for only the remaining year on his contract. Dave Hyde,, "Heat: Why wouldn't Heat be all-in for Kawhi Leonard?," 7 July 2018

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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


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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Financial Definition of offer

What It Is

An offer is a communication of interest in buying or selling an asset. In other contexts, it might refer to the act of making something available for sale.

How It Works

For example, a retailer might offer a men's watch for $2,000, meaning that the retailer will sell the watch for that amount. However, a customer might come into the store and offer $1,500 for the watch, meaning that the customer is expressing an interest in buying the watch for that amount.

Why It Matters

Offers make the business world go around, because a fundamental rule of markets in a capitalistic economy is that a product or service is worth only what someone is willing to pay for it. Anybody who has tried to sell an asset in a down market has probably learned this rule the hard way.

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English Language Learners Definition of offer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of offer (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


of·fer | \ ˈȯ-fər \
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.

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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

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