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 elimination of 345 classes comes on top of 455 classes — 14% of offerings — dropped to close last year’s $32 million gap. Jill Tucker,, "SF saves art, music, writing classes for older adults," 30 Dec. 2019 Check out some of the offerings at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Lake Erie Nature and Science Center offers fun, education on wintry days: West Shore Chatter," 30 Dec. 2019 Mondays and Tuesday are the most popular days for cheap child meals in our area, but weekends also have a long list of offerings. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "35 restaurants where kids eat free around Indianapolis for 2020 and beyond," 26 Dec. 2019 Mooi has a large variety of new offerings that sets itself apart from the former business, Goris said. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mooi, a new personal care store, has opened in Wauwatosa," 20 Dec. 2019 While Uber Eats has been a bright spot for revenue growth, the company has offered subsidies and free promotional offerings to gain new users, which has been expensive. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Uber in Talks to Sell Its Food-Delivery Business in India," 16 Dec. 2019 One of the more interesting offerings this year is the new Gamo Swarm Maxxim, a 10-shot repeater that comes with a 3 x 9 x 40 mm scope for about $180. Frank Sargeant, al, "Are air guns suitable gifts or will your kid really shoot his eye out?," 15 Dec. 2019 Expect plenty of international food offerings including Middle Eastern, kosher, Hispanic, European and Asian foods. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's when Meijer's Royal Oak store at Woodward Corners will open," 5 Dec. 2019 Those are just a few of the gift card offerings Apple has, so browse the online store to see all of the options. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: All the Apple devices worth buying at Black Friday prices," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Offering.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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 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

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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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