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 The fintech giant was less than 48 hours away from the world’s biggest initial public offering when regulators halted it in November—the first in a series of moves aimed at taming the fast-growing firm. The Economist, "Free exchange Is China right to tame Ant?," 30 Dec. 2020 Ma, the flamboyant co-founder of Alibaba and Ant, has all but vanished from public view since Ant’s initial public offering got derailed last month. Time, "China Targets Jack Ma's Alibaba With Monopoly Investigation," 24 Dec. 2020 Going public via a SPAC merger can help companies lessen some of the delay and risk of a traditional offering. Carolyn Said,, "IPOs are hot in Silicon Valley. SPACs are even hotter," 24 Dec. 2020 The company’s shares skyrocketed on their first day of trading, rising 113 percent above the initial public offering price of $68 to close at $144.71. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of December 7," 12 Dec. 2020 The stock opened nearly 80% above the initial offering price of $102, which valued the food delivery company at $41 billion. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "DoorDash proved to be the ultimate IPO for the pandemic era," 9 Dec. 2020 The company reported $3 million in revenue and a $2.45 million operating loss through Sept. 30 — not the kind of financial results that typically would result in a successful initial public stock offering. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego green tech firm Nuvve to go public via a SPAC," 12 Nov. 2020 Blue Apron shares fell to as low as $4.65 in New York, less than half the 2017 initial public offering price of $10 and the lowest level touched since mid-March. Cristin Flanagan,, "Blue Apron Chief Eyes Profitability While Stock Tumbles," 29 Oct. 2020 South Korea's Big Hit Entertainment, the company that manages K-pop supergroup BTS, went public on Thursday at $236 per share, twice its initial public offering price, to hit a value of $8.38 billion. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "BTS members’ net worth balloons by millions as their music label stages a massive IPO," 15 Oct. 2020

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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 2021

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“Offering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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