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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Fox explained the importance of a JCC offering sports programs such as the soccer clinics. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Soccer clinics at area JCC focus on skills, sportsmanship," 13 July 2018 Customers from all over can now enjoy Wang's perfect sushi rice and other offerings at Valparaiso's only sushi restaurant. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Furin Japanese Restaurant and Bar in Valparaiso," 10 July 2018 Signature drink offerings include: White Queen: Hangar One vodka, Rosa 22 aperitivo, peach syrup, lemon juice, sage. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Alice in Wonderland-themed bar Hatter and Hare now open in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 Other offerings include an inflatable obstacle course, bungee run, and dunk tank provided by the Connecticut National Guard, in addition to family-friendly activities, music, lawn games and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 July 2018 The company’s offerings include popular news app Jinri Toutiao and short-video sites Douyin, Huoshan and Xigua. Liza Lin, WSJ, "China Bans Ads on Booming Video App," 10 July 2018 Featured food and beverage offerings include Boo’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Hansen’s Cakes, Tyler Texas, Cookie Good, Carney’s Cake, Justin Wines, champagne from the Bubble Tap Trailer and tequila from Casamigos. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "City of Hope & The Forum Team Up for Charity Poker Tournament With Help From the Kardashians," 10 July 2018 Other offerings in the stores include sushi, ramen, artisan cheese, beer, wine, fresh pressed juices and smoothies. Austen Erblat,, "Lucky's Market to open west Boca Raton location next summer," 6 July 2018 Lunch offerings include fresh wraps, fish tacos, burgers and salads, and wine and beer by the glass. Carolina Gusman,, "No matter how you Poke It, Hillcrest eatery introduces Mexican spin to Hawaiian fare," 5 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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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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