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

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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 Biden plan would offer a $1 million per-person exemption to reduce that taxable gain to $6 million. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "What’s in Biden’s American Families Plan? From Taxes to Child Care," 28 Apr. 2021 With funds from private donations, Harambee Village was able to offer some people hotel rooms. Ashley Nguyen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How Wisconsin organizations supporting reproductive health and parenting weathered the pandemic," 28 Apr. 2021 Meijer also announced Monday that its pharmacies would offer walk-up vaccines. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Why State health officials sent that alert encouraging walk-in vaccine appointments," 27 Apr. 2021 Like Patreon, a subscriber platform for podcasts and other content, podcasters will be able to offer various tiers of subscriptions that can be tailored based on material. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Spotify Launches Podcast Subscription Plans," 27 Apr. 2021 The Ottoman Turks, having recently entered World War I on the side of Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, were worried that Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire would offer wartime assistance to Russia. Don Melvin, CNN, "8 things to know about the mass killings of Armenians 100 years ago," 22 Apr. 2021 The project would offer event space, a lawn for outdoor entertainment and 18 restaurants and bars. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Baltimore developer The Cordish Cos. in the running to bring casino resort to Richmond, Virginia," 21 Apr. 2021 While legislation would clearly offer financial benefits to states in the form of job creation and taxable revenue, virtual forms of casino gambling still faces a fair amount of opposition. Zack Jones, Forbes, "Rise Of The IGaming Industry: Is The United States Ready To Accept Online Casinos?," 21 Apr. 2021 Beutner said a departure at the end of June would offer a clean break and allow a new leader to usher in the new school year. Los Angeles Times, "LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner to step down when his contract is up June 30," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Purdue was the first high-major offer for Smith, although programs such as Indiana, Gonzaga, Oregon and Villanova reached out in recent weeks. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Westfield High's Braden Smith commits to play at Purdue," 29 Apr. 2021 Special introductory offer for new subscribers only. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks’ injury list swells with additions of Calhoun, Widener," 28 Apr. 2021 The offer valued The Hartford at about $23 billion. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Insurance giant Chubb says it will no longer pursue a takeover of The Hartford Financial Services Group," 28 Apr. 2021 The offer must be booked between now and May 5, 2021, for travel dates between June 2 and Nov. 13, 2021. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Get 50% Off Train Fares in Honor of Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary," 28 Apr. 2021 According to the offer's fine print, a copy of an employee ID or other information is required. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Chipotle giving away 250,000 free burritos to nurses, health care workers. How to sign up.," 28 Apr. 2021 Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). Jess Grey, Wired, "5 Great Next-Gen PS5 Games You Can Play Now," 27 Apr. 2021 Despite this and the offer of the reward, police tell the Herald that few people have cooperated with the investigation. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Florida boy, 3, dies in shooting at party for his birthday," 27 Apr. 2021 Pushy marketing leads with the offer, which is all about you, not the customer. Stephanie Burns, Forbes, "How This Female Entrepreneur Broke All The Rules To Get To Seven-Figure Success," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Offer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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.

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

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