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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Gelato The food court offers up three different flavors of this Italian treat: Pistachio, chocolate, and stracciatella (which is vanilla with chocolate shavings). Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 The lifestyles—inspired by her four gorgeous residences—will provide a framework for categorizing the vast array of products that the Martha Stewart brand has to offer. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "You Can Now Live Like Martha Stewart With Her New Lifestyle Lines," 21 Mar. 2019 Besides scrolling through tweets or taking selfies with fans in public, Chrissy also appreciates all the wonderfully odd (and sometimes spot-on) fan theories the internet has to offer — even the ones that suggest doom in Kate's future. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Chrissy Metz Says This Is Us Fans Have Kate All Wrong," 19 Mar. 2019 Of course, that isn’t the only amenity that Carrie’s former pad has to offer. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Is Selling the Nashville Mansion Where She Had Her Scary Accident," 10 Mar. 2019 It was supposed to be a celebration of the best the motion-picture industry had to offer in 2018. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "An #OscarsSoSafe Awards Ceremony," 25 Feb. 2019 Layla mixes things up here, too, offering bed sizes instead — a twin weighs 15 pounds, a queen weighs 20, and a king is 25. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Layla's New Weighted Blanket Is Blissfully Cozy, and a Steal at $129," 22 Mar. 2019 That spaceport can now offer rides on three rockets. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?," 20 Mar. 2019 According to the New York City Department of Education data published by the Times, only seven of the 895 spots at the elite school were offered to black students, down from 10 last year and 13 the year before. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Critics React to the Lack of Black and Latinx Diversity at New York City's Specialized Schools," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Co-founder Nicki Radzely pitched the Pop Pacifier on the show, and got offers from both Kevin O'Leary and a team-up of Lori Greiner and Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx). Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The Pop Pacifier From 'Shark Tank' Eliminates the Need for the 5-Second Rule," 8 Mar. 2019 Union officials with the Oakland Education Association rejected the offer Wednesday. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday," 20 Feb. 2019 However, Besiktas reportedly rejected the offer almost instantly, with their own valuation of Vida's worth said to be in the region of €35m. SI.com, "Report Claims Liverpool Have Had Opening €18m Bid Rejected for Besiktas World Cup Star," 9 July 2018 In another case, Kelczewski’s clients ignored his warnings about the expense and complication of purchasing an old farmhouse for their first home and moved forward with the offer. Nancy Mann Jackson, House Beautiful, "The Top 5 Homebuying Mistakes Realtors Wish People Would Stop Making," 26 Feb. 2019 The process started about a year ago, when two different turbine manufacturers—Statoil and PNE Wind—approached the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management with an offer to build new wind turbines in an area off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Just Finalized The Largest Offshore Wind Sale in the Nation's History," 17 Dec. 2018 Power armor, meet power error Bethesda soon followed this with a seemingly more fitting offer: an actual canvas bag, just like the publisher had originally promised. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda’s attempt to fix a Fallout 76 blunder leaks angry shoppers’ PID [Updated]," 5 Dec. 2018 The restricted free agent is getting close to striking an offer-sheet deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls according to multiple reports. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jabari Parker nearing offer sheet deal with Chicago Bulls," 13 July 2018 The Chicago Bulls plan to match the offer sheet to retain LaVine. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings' attempt to sign Zach LaVine forces them to waive a player," 7 July 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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