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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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 Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Jen Juneau,, "New Year, Baby! Norman Reedus Shares Rare Photo of Daughter with Diane Kruger in Honor of 2020," 1 Jan. 2020 Humphry Slocombe is also offering two of its monthly rotating in-store vegan options (out of 12 total flavors each month). Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "Peak Plant-Based Ice Cream Is Here," 1 Jan. 2020 Walt Disney World officials did not offer further comment on the incident. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Woman Jumps From Ferry Boat at Walt Disney World in Orlando," 31 Dec. 2019 In the safety data sheets, the snow-making companies don’t offer more details about the blends of surfactants, saying that such information is proprietary. Hugo Martín,, "Fake snow is in high demand. Just don’t ask how it’s made," 31 Dec. 2019 The studio also offers deals such as $33 for 14 days of unlimited yoga. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Colorado restaurants, yoga studios and even theaters that offer pay-what-you-can experiences," 30 Dec. 2019 Bottoms up! Spirit Guide is a weekly column about the best beverages metro Phoenix has to offer from Arizona Republic nightlife reporter Tirion Morris. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "From Champagne to prosecco: How to choose the perfect bottle of bubbles for New Year's Eve," 27 Dec. 2019 Whenever in doubt, spend some time on Cincy Experience for the best suggestions on what Cincinnati has to offer. Briana Rice,, "10 Cincinnati Instagram accounts you should follow," 27 Dec. 2019 Francis Investment Counsel does not offer personal tax or legal advice. Michael J. Francis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "401k Adviser: Don’t let your lack of funds stop you from seeking help from a financial adviser," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 6-foot-6 wing leads the team with a 17.5 scoring average and reportedly has secured 12 college offers, including from USC, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Florida State. Mitch Stephens,, "Looking at the numbers for WCAL vs. EBAL basketball," 13 Jan. 2020 Barely recruited with just one late scholarship offer, nobody expected Turner to be anywhere near the Fiesta Bowl semifinal Dec. 28. Michael Casagrande |, al, "This zero-star Alabama legacy who proved everyone wrong at Clemson," 12 Jan. 2020 His recruiting page lists 13 offers, including Baylor, SMU and Texas Tech. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Three-star recruit Montaye Dawson transfers from Mansfield Timberview to Fort Worth All Saints," 7 Jan. 2020 Texans enjoy the more liberal bag limit and the shorter drive that Kansas pheasant hunting offers, and Johnson said most of his customers come from the Lone Star State. Matt Wyatt,, "Pheasant paradise in Kansas," 2 Jan. 2020 Still, the advisers do offer suggestions for how the rule could be improved. Sean Reilly, Science | AAAS, "EPA science advisers slammed the agency for ignoring science. Here is what they said," 2 Jan. 2020 Today, Carmichael is concentrating on appraising the teas on offer, offering careful feedback to his team. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The origins of La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael’s social consciousness," 16 Dec. 2019 Best Buy has a similar offer, including a $30 Best Buy e-gift card with the purchase of a Nintendo Switch for $299. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get $30 in Amazon credit when you buy a new Nintendo Switch," 10 Dec. 2019 Hullavarad did offer to provide ProPublica with information on specific employees on request. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "We Asked Public Universities for Their Professors’ Conflicts of Interest — and Got the Runaround," 6 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Jan 2020

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“Offer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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How to pronounce offer (audio)

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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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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