of·​fer·​ing | \ ˈȯ-f(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce offering (audio) , 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Rivian was founded in 2009 and went public last November at an initial offering price of $78 per share. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 12 Jan. 2022 Turkey Hill is kicking off 2022 with a mysterious new offering. Dave Quinn,, 4 Jan. 2022 By July, the market was humming again, with about two-thirds of newly public stocks trading above their offering price. Peter Santilli, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2021 Despite the very high number of new issues this year, the median IPO is down 16% from its offering price and 49% from its 52-week high, greatly underperforming the overall market. Randy Watts, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 My colleague Declan Harty offers an analysis in a new report, Half of 2021’s IPOs are suddenly trading below their offering price. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 17 Dec. 2021 Affirm shares have nearly doubled from their initial public offering price, even after factoring in Thursday's drop. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 Rivian set its initial public offering price at $78. Harold Maass, The Week, 11 Nov. 2021 Shares of popular trading app Robinhood tumbled nearly 10% to below their initial public offering price after the company reported a large third-quarter revenue miss and a sharp decline in cryptocurrency trading. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of offering

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

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The first known use of offering was before the 12th century

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14 Jan 2022

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“Offering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce offering (audio) , 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



Legal Definition of offering

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

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