of·fer·ing | \ ˈȯ-f(ə-)riŋ , ˈä- \

Definition of offering 

1a : the act of one who offers

b : something offered especially : a sacrifice ceremonially offered as a part of worship

c : a contribution to the support of a church

2 : something offered for sale or patronage latest offerings of the leading novelists

3 : a course of instruction or study

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Synonyms for offering


immolation, sacrifice, victim

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Examples of offering in a Sentence

Each household must make daily offerings to the gods. The company is trying to generate interest in its new offerings. the café's tasty dessert offerings
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Click ahead to see a sample of AUrate's offering: Prices start at $50 for studs, with the most expensive item on the site being a diamond pendant, which retails for $1,800., "Affordable & Ethically Sourced Diamonds You Can Try Before You Buy," 13 July 2018 YouTube and Uber find common ground in their new offering, YuberTube. David Pogue, Scientific American, "Megamergers I’d Like to See," 13 July 2018 But the ambitious gamble didn't pay off, resulting in widespread layoffs and the rescinding of an IPO offering that had been in the planning stages for several years. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Univision wants to sell The Onion and Gizmodo Media Group websites," 10 July 2018 Among its offerings is The Ron Bennington and features chocolate cake with peanut butter filling topped with ganache and crushed butterscotch. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Molly's Cupcakes coming to downtown Naperville," 10 July 2018 No Japanese restaurant these days would be complete without ramen in its offerings, and Furin has the goods. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Furin Japanese Restaurant and Bar in Valparaiso," 10 July 2018 The move is the latest in Uber’s recent strategy to expand beyond its traditional ride-hailing offerings. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lime’s scooters will now be integrated into the ride-hailing giant’s app.," 9 July 2018 Its signature offerings are jumbo, fresh wings available with more than 35 sauces, rubs and glazes, as well as tacos, burgers and fries. Ron Hurtibise,, "South Florida's Hurricane Grill & Wings now part of Ponderosa, Fatburger family," 9 July 2018 Sonos filed with an offering size of $100 million, a placeholder amount used to calculate fees that is likely to change. Bloomberg,, "Wireless speaker pioneer Sonos files for U.S. IPO," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of offering

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Phrases Related to offering

initial public offering

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Financial Definition of offering

What It Is

An offering is the process of issuing new securities for sale to the public.

How It Works

For example, let's say the founders of Company XYZ want to sell half of their shares. They need buyers and would like to offer their shares to members of the general public. In order to do that, Company XYZ hires an underwriter, which determines the value of the shares and creates an offering memorandum that discloses important information about the company to potential buyers. The underwriters then conduct the offering, which facilitates the sale of the shares to the public via a stock exchange.

Why It Matters

Offerings are a way to raise capital, which is what companies need to grow and access cash. If a stock offering is the first of its kind for a company, this is called an initial public offering (IPO). It is important to note that offerings are not limited to stock offerings; bonds and a variety of other securities also circulate via offerings.

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English Language Learners Definition of offering

: something that is given to God or a god as a part of religious worship

: an act of giving a religious offering

: something that is available for sale or use


of·fer·ing | \ ˈȯ-fə-riŋ , ˈȯf-riŋ \

Kids Definition of offering

1 : something presented for acceptance

2 : a contribution to the support of a church

3 : a sacrifice given as part of worship

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Legal Definition of offering 

: an issuance (as of securities) for sale raise capital through a public offering of stock

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