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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Vantage benefits from a particularly stylish decapitation, although sadly the coupe's manual-transmission option is not offered. Car and Driver, "View Photos of Aston Martin Vantage Roadster," 12 Feb. 2020 Federal authorities are offering a $20,000 award for help figuring out what happened. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Two dolphins with gunshot and stab wounds wash up in Florida," 12 Feb. 2020 In an effort to increase access and awareness for underrepresented campers, Oregon State Parks are offering free yurts and cabins this summer for disabled, LGBTQ, and POC campers. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Oregon State Parks Are Funding Free Camping Weekends for Disabled, LGBTQ, and POC Campers," 11 Feb. 2020 In most cases, genetic testing is not even offered until a patient has had three or more miscarriages. NBC News, "Many miscarriages are still a mystery. A new test could give women faster answers.," 10 Feb. 2020 Surgical masks don’t offer full protection against airborne viruses. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Need for Face Masks in China Pushes Auto, Energy Companies to Make Them," 10 Feb. 2020 While an experienced coach, his quarterback Brandon Silvers doesn’t offer much in the way of confidence. D.C. is led by a coach-quarterback tandem with NFL experience. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Seattle Dragons at D.C. Defenders XFL odds, picks and best bets," 8 Feb. 2020 Sheers: As the name suggests, sheers are pretty much see-through and don't offer much privacy. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "A Complete Guide to All the Best Types of Curtains," 7 Feb. 2020 The grocery store chain will be offering an amazing deal on bouquets of two dozen roses, setting the price at a low $19.99. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "You Can Get 2 Dozen Roses For $20 Now Through Feb. 14," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For patients, a tempting offer with red flags There was much about Goodridge’s new coverage that seemed unorthodox to the investigators. Fortune, "How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance," 20 May 2020 Edwards, despite more than 40 scholarship offers, isn't in a rush to pick a school before the early signing period in December. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Donovan Edwards: Michigan football commit J.J. McCarthy is 'Tom Brady in my eyes'," 19 May 2020 Prior to the 2019-20 season, Walker had just two offers (Western Carolina and Youngstown State) and used the proverbial chip on his shoulder to make his mark and wedge his name on college radars. Shelby Dermer,, "Offers pour in for Wyoming 2021 guard Isaiah Walker: 'This is what I dreamed of'," 19 May 2020 Birch Living The natural mattress brand launched a special Memorial Day offer, marking down its non-toxic mattress by $200. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, "The Best Early Memorial Day Mattress Sales You Can Shop Online," 17 May 2020 At WeBarre, government limits on class sizes mean that the over-50 classes on offer from this Wednesday are wait-listed until May 24. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Bars and barre return, but date night isn’t the same: A glimpse into the new normal," 15 May 2020 Of the three-star prospect’s 18 scholarship offers, only a third of them came from Power 5 schools — N.C. State, Kansas State, Northwestern, UCLA, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame's patient and persistent process paid off with key CB addition," 12 May 2020 And of course, residents need the fresh produce, poultry and dairy on offer — now more than ever. Brianna Baker, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a New Jersey Farmers Market Went Virtual," 2 May 2020 Or what offer to take on a house that isn’t drawing many visitors? Dalton Ross,, "Jeff Probst weighs in on Kim's fateful Survivor food decision," 30 Apr. 2020

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

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“Offer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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