offer

verb
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.

offer

noun

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

assay [archaic], attempt, bash [chiefly British], bid, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirl

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Verb

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

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

Several restaurants are offering steak specials and brunch deals for Father's Day on June 16. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Father's Day brunch deals, restaurant specials to help you celebrate," 4 June 2019 Christie’s, the auction house, is offering a first edition in its original vellum binding for sale in New York on June 12th. The Economist, "A revolutionary treatise goes on the block," 4 June 2019 All of the health aide roles are challenging -- ANTHC now offers a Healthy Healers course to help improve providers’ own wellness and resilience -- but the behavioral health job can be particularly tough. Anchorage Daily News, "The living legacy of Alaska’s community health aides," 4 June 2019 Despite her absence, the 24-team field offers a large collection of skilled, nuanced and entertaining players who have helped raise the quality of women's soccer around the globe. Steve Goff, courant.com, "The stars to watch at the Women’s World Cup," 4 June 2019 The following year, Tosh offered Babyar the softball job at York. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: Tom Babyar almost quit after his first year at York. This year, he led Aurora Central Catholic to a sectional title," 4 June 2019 Whether the audience believes his theory or not, the play will offer plenty of fodder for conversation, a dose of realism and laughter, according to Salmi. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Learn what 'Sally' has to say at Three Brothers world premiere," 4 June 2019 In striking down the patents, the Supreme Court allowed other diagnostic companies to offer such tests without fear of infringement lawsuits. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Controversial U.S. bill would lift Supreme Court ban on patenting human genes," 4 June 2019 In his Mikhtav M’Eliyahu, Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler offers an understanding of love that may explain why doing can come before listening. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Actions are the inspiration for true love," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The offer is valid for all stops on the Hiawatha route, which runs between Milwaukee Intermodal Station and Chicago Union Station. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Amtrak Hiawatha offers free weekend rides for children between Milwaukee and Chicago," 4 June 2019 New Haven teachers initially proposed a 10% raise over two years, while the district’s starting offer was a one-time 3% raise for the 2018-2019 school year and a 1% ongoing raise beginning during the 2019-2020 school year. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "New Haven teachers strike enters third week with finals looming," 3 June 2019 Last thing: This offer is limited to one person per household, and you could be disqualified if more than one person submits under the same email. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Kraft Is Here to Save Mother's Day By Covering Your Babysitter Bill This Sunday," 7 May 2019 The only potential snag to be aware of is that this offer is valid only at dedicated Kiehl's locations and its own website, kiehls.com. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "The Kiehl's Friends and Family Sale Is Happening Now," 23 Apr. 2019 The new offers could be a response to dropping revenue forecasts from Apple suppliers, which resulted from low demand of the new 2018 iPhones, according to Apple Insider. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Apple Increases Compensation for Giving Back Old iPhones," 28 Nov. 2018 The offer is valid for sailings through April 5, 2020—prices start at just $728 per person. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Instead, the Spencers became convinced that Gersh's offer to sell the property was part of an extortion attempt to use the threat of protests to force Spencer to sell her property for below-market rates. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case," 15 Nov. 2018 However, a high offer wasn't HGTV's only advantage. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "This Is How HGTV Beat Lance Bass in a Bidding War for ‘The Brady Bunch’ House," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of offer

Verb

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

Noun

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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offer

noun

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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offer

verb

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)

offer

noun

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

offer

verb
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.

offer

noun

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

noun
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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