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.



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

proffer, proposal, proposition, suggestion

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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


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.


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

But the indictment did offer some clues about what happened, implying that the hacking had occurred later on the day Mr. Trump issued his invitation. Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times, "Trump Invited the Russians to Hack Clinton. Were They Listening?," 13 July 2018 In Jordan, the vast majority of public schools do not offer music classes. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity," 13 July 2018 Powell was tapped by President Donald Trump to succeed Janet Yellen in February as Fed chairman after Trump decided not to offer Yellen a second term. Martin Crutsinger,, "Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate," 13 July 2018 Barely two years later, Schneider found himself in another meeting with Mitchell and other leaders, who offered him the board chairmanship. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "A visionary volunteer steps away from leading Harford's hospitals," 13 July 2018 The facility at 6652 Irvine Center Drive is the second brewery in Irvine; Evans Brewing Co., which doesn’t offer a tasting room, is the other. Ben Brazil,, "San Clemente’s Left Coast Brewing Co. opens an Irvine location," 12 July 2018 The measure doesn’t offer any specifics about that role. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Senate Takes Symbolic Step to Assert Power on Trade," 11 July 2018 There is live music weekly, and a $10 VIP button offers year-round discounts. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Lebanon Farmers Market In Full Swing," 11 July 2018 Waterford seems unfazed and just doubles down on his manipulation by offering June more visits with Hannah, but June is done playing his games, Scrabble or otherwise. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, the German champions will not allow Martinez to leave if Napoli do make an offer for the Spanish international., "Napoli Reportedly Interested in Signing Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez Following Jorginho Departure," 13 July 2018 Mike Ilitch made one offer to Fedorov in person: $50 million over five years. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 Just then a woman walked up to Gonzalez’s car window, umbrella-less and soaking wet, and made an offer that Gonzalez could hardly believe. Hannah Natanson,, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer," 12 July 2018 Just then a woman walked up to Gonzalez’s car window, umbrella-less and soaking wet, and made an offer that Gonzalez could hardly believe. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer.," 12 July 2018 Even keep an open mind if a contender makes an enticing offer for power hitter Matt Davidson, a difficult player to project in the Sox rebuild. David Haugh,, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 2018 As the MLS summer transfer window opened Tuesday, Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes told The Star the team has made multiple offers for center forwards. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "As transfer window opens, Sporting KC sets sights on striker," 11 July 2018 Some reports say the Brewers are merely one of several teams to have made an offer. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What does Brewers' pursuit of Orioles' Manny Machado tell us? Well, it tells us a lot.," 9 July 2018 The situation grew complicated, however, when the church was nominated for historic designation around the same time that Feibush made an offer. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Developer Ori Feibush begins demolition of Christian Street Baptist," 9 July 2018

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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


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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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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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 \
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

Other Words from offer

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obstinately defiant of authority

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