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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nicholl offers a few reasons why Kate was targeted by bullies. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Was "Desperately Unhappy" and Tortured by Bullies at Her First Secondary School, Downe House," 10 Mar. 2019 The company also now offers teethers in addition to pacifiers. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The Pop Pacifier From 'Shark Tank' Eliminates the Need for the 5-Second Rule," 8 Mar. 2019 Women@NASA offers an out-of-this world program to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators through a virtual mentoring project. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 The latter, known for her acrylic beaded carryalls, now offers a delectable pretzel design—replacing any gluten guilt with pure fashion fun. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Only Buy These Handbags at Saks—And WE WANT THEM ALL," 8 Mar. 2019 With 67 residences, wraparound terraces, and column-free walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, the building offers expansive views of New York City—something a condo built in 2019 cannot be without. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Interior Designer Cyril Vergniol Says Goodbye to Cookie-Cutter Apartments," 8 Mar. 2019 Revelstoke offers visitors a degree of privacy that can be hard to come by elsewhere, which is perhaps why this remote town has become a regular hangout for the likes of Elon Musk and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Hard to Get to, Harder to Leave: Why Revelstoke, B.C. Is Skiing’s Hottest Destination Right Now," 22 Feb. 2019 Whittaker’s Motel and Historic Bunkhouse offers rooms with private baths starting at $70 a night in winter. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Medicare-for-all offers a coverage guarantee and nearly eliminates out-of-pocket costs. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?," 7 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The offer came from the American Alpine Club, host of the 2019 UIAA World Ice Climbing Cup Championships in Denver, which took place in February. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Went Ice Climbing and Lasted About 6 Whole Minutes," 10 Mar. 2019 We had all been encamped at my grandparents’ place for some school break and, desperately in need of an escape, took up the offer from some very stylish friends of my parents for cocktails and dinner at their place in Palm Beach. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "This Delightfully Retro Apartment Complex Has Been Home to Design Royalty," 6 Mar. 2019 The arbitrators must pick either the player’s or the team’s offer. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Electoral impacts of robot workers," 13 July 2018 The share price of the Chinese smartphone-maker closed just below the offer price of HK$17 ($2.17) on the first day of trading in Hong Kong. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 The Justice Department’s decision to appeal could benefit Rupert Murdoch, the Fox chairman, who has supported Disney’s offer over Comcast’s, according to Craig Moffett, a longtime media analyst. New York Times, "AT&T-Time Warner Deal Approval Gets Justice Department Challenge," 12 July 2018 With Microsoft’s offer, AI on a planetary scale is about to become a commodity. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 The magnificent rooftop offers sweeping views of the city under the iconic red neon sign, while the pool downstairs, framed by tall palm trees, must be the exact mental image of anyone dreaming of classic Hollywood. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Going to the Oscars? The Best L.A. Hotels for Every Hollywood Type," 22 Feb. 2019 The company’s shares, up sharply since the original DSV offer, were up 4.2% in trading Friday, to 155.3 Swiss francs. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Rival Logistics Operators Bid for Swiss Freight Major," 15 Feb. 2019

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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

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