noun of·fer·ing \ ˈȯ-f(ə-)riŋ , ˈä- \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of offering

1 a : 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

Examples of offering in a Sentence

  1. Each household must make daily offerings to the gods.

  2. The company is trying to generate interest in its new offerings.

  3. the café's tasty dessert offerings

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First Known Use of offering

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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.

OFFERING Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of offering for English Language Learners

  • : 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

OFFERING Defined for Kids


noun of·fer·ing \ ˈȯ-fə-riŋ , ˈȯf-riŋ \

Definition of offering for Students

1 : something presented for acceptance
2 : a contribution to the support of a church
3 : a sacrifice given as part of worship

Law Dictionary


noun of·fer·ing

legal Definition of offering

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

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