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 Archdiocese of Hartford also encouraged churches that have begun live-streaming services during the pandemic to continue to offer it as an option for those who are homebound or afraid to return to Mass. Eliza Fawcett,, "Daily coronavirus updates: Archbishop of Hartford calls Catholics back to Mass," 10 May 2021 The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with Huron-Clinton Metroparks to offer free, drive-through rapid coronavirus testing at the Harrison Township park as part of a pilot program Friday and Saturday. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Lake St. Clair Metropark part of pilot program," 10 May 2021 Hopkins Public Schools obtained 200 kits to offer voluntary testing on the same biweekly schedule as its staff testing program. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota schools step up COVID testing, despite some parental pushback," 9 May 2021 The providers offering the fight as a pay-per-view package includes: Comcast, Charter, Cox, Optimum / Altice, Verizon, DIRECTV and AT&T are some of the major outlets that will offer the fight as a PPV option, but there are others as well. oregonlive, "How to watch Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders fight live stream on DAZN; odds, time, card, TV and PPV cost (5/8/2021)," 8 May 2021 For now, the family is still exploring what Persian Garden has to offer, Hylton said. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "They closed their family restaurant during COVID-19. Now Phoenix's Persian Garden is back," 8 May 2021 New York City, meanwhile, plans to offer tourists a shot of a Covid-19 vaccine as part of a push to draw more foot traffic to city attractions, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. WSJ, "Covid-19 Live Updates: Nearly a Third of the U.S. Population Is Fully Vaccinated," 7 May 2021 This may be the first time a hospital will offer cannabis as a treatment option. Javier Hasse, Forbes, "Major Canadian Hospital Sunnybrook To Provide Cannabis On Site," 6 May 2021 While declines were recorded across all student demographic groups, the college’s adult education programs, which offer GED completion and English as a second language courses, took the biggest hit — a 30% drop, Robinson said. Elyssa Cherney,, "More bad news for higher education: Illinois community college enrollment plummets as COVID-19 sidelines would-be students," 5 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The initial scenes of the gang’s entry into Las Vegas offer promise as well, with Snyder concocting interesting spins on familiar zombie tropes. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Army of the Dead Is a Tale of Two Zack Snyders," 11 May 2021 The three basic building blocks of a valid contract are offer, acceptance, and consideration (the parties exchanging something of value). Ellevate, Forbes, "Top Five Legal Basics For Business Owners," 11 May 2021 Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). Jess Grey, Wired, "Get Your Hands on Some of Our Favorite Sex Toys," 11 May 2021 Special introductory offer for new subscribers only. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Lovullo: D-Backs have ‘chip on shoulder’ after successive sweeps," 10 May 2021 Two recent studies by the U.S. Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center offer insight into common characteristics between many kids who plan or carry out school shootings. Rebecca Boone And Lindsay Whitehurst, Star Tribune, "Idaho shooting: Very few school incidents committed by girls," 7 May 2021 These greenways, like the Monon Trail and the Fall Creek Greenway, offer paths for bikes and pedestrians. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrub Hub: What's the future of bike lanes in Indianapolis?," 4 May 2021 This offer, which does not note an ending date, is through SheerID, which verifies eligibility. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Teacher Appreciation Day brings freebies, deals for teachers; free McDonald's McFlurry, Taco Bell for all Tuesday," 4 May 2021 There are about 20 kinds of mezcal on offer, made from various types of agave, along with several variants of sotol, which comes from a different plant, the desert spoon., "Any excuse to eat tacos," 4 May 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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12 May 2021

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“Offer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 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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