offer

verb
of·​fer | \ ˈȯ-fər, ˈä-\
offered; offering\ ˈȯ-​f(ə-​)riŋ , 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

Faris then took things up a notch and offered to ordain Pratt and Schwarzenegger's wedding. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Anna Faris Says Chris Pratt Texted Her After He Proposed to Katherine Schwarzenegger," 15 Jan. 2019 To be sure, much of Hulu’s growth in 2018 came through discounts the service offered to entice new subscribers. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Netflix Raises Prices on All of Its Subscription Plans," 15 Jan. 2019 The company launched in December 2013 and also offers customizable chocolates and greeting cards (including ones that explode with confetti). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Kate's Brother, James Middleton," 12 Jan. 2019 Alaska made no general announcement offering food or hotel vouchers. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to a 30-hour nightmare for passengers," 8 Jan. 2019 With the money flowing and regulations easing, designers and hopeful travelers alike are likely to enjoy the tailwinds that the year offers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 The luxury tour company was founded 17 years ago by American transplant Karen Fedorko Sefer; full-time guides like Istanbul native Anka Benli cobble together seamless itineraries offering behind-the-scenes access and invaluable commentary. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 She was given a second opportunity at stardom when producers contacted her before this season and offered her the chance to perform during the Blind Auditions. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What to Know About 'The Voice' Finalist Chevel Shepherd Before Voting for Her Tonight," 17 Dec. 2018 Take a second to see if your school offers some assistance and go speak to your financial aid office. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How To Transfer Colleges When You Think You Want To Switch Schools," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 6-foot-3 rising junior, who already has offers from over some of women’s college basketball’s top programs, was one of 18 finalists for the team that will compete at the FIBA U17 World Cup this month. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "After missing cut for U.S. team, St. Frances star Angel Reese plans more hoops, closer look at big offers," 14 July 2018 Her website and YouTube channel offer countless free tutorials, ranging from gingerbread houses to piping techniques. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This Baker Make Mesmerizing Cookie Art," 17 Dec. 2018 The Bulls will now need to sign Parker to an offer sheet, which the Bucks will have 48 hours to match. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls working to sign restricted free agent Jabari Parker to offer sheet," 14 July 2018 Finally in February, Fedorov signed a six-year, $38 million offer sheet with the Hurricanes. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 But that wouldn’t keep Kupchak from listening to trade offers. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Your Charlotte Hornets questions on salary cap, Cody Zeller, Tony Parker and more," 12 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Anderson submitted Memphis’ four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet to the Spurs last Friday, giving them a Sunday deadline to match it in accordance with NBA rules. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Anderson appears headed to Memphis," 9 July 2018 League sources said the Kings have shown interest in Hood, but the talks have not progressed to the point where an offer sheet is imminent. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The Kings still want a small forward. Here's why pursuing Rodney Hood makes sense," 8 July 2018 By filing for arbitration, Weegar is not eligible to receive an offer sheet from another team. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers RFA MacKenzie Weegar files for arbitration, Alexander Petrovic does not," 5 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 \
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

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