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 result: a combination of favorites and offerings exclusive to Mountain Brook. al, "Go inside Abhi Eatery + Bar in Mountain Brook," 5 Dec. 2019 Satisfaction with food and beverage offerings is lower than satisfaction with in-flight entertainment options. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "J.D. Power: Food, entertainment more important than price on long overseas flights," 4 Dec. 2019 Shares in Xiaomi, a maker of smartphones and gadgets, are worth half of their offering price last July. The Economist, "China’s tech darlings have been on a tear," 21 Nov. 2019 Aramco said in a statement that the offering price for its shares would be between 30 riyals and 32 riyals (about $8 to $8.50 per share) and that 1.5% of the company, amounting to 3 billion shares, would be sold., "HP rejects Xerox proposal, but open to discussing transaction," 18 Nov. 2019 Aramco said the offering price would be about $8 per share for 1.5% of the company, making the overall value between $1.6 trillion and $1.7 trillion., "T-Mobile CEO leaving; Coty buys part of Kylie Jenner’s firm," 18 Nov. 2019 Both stocks are 42% below their initial public offering prices from earlier this year. NBC News, "New Jersey hits Uber with $640 million tax bill for misclassifying workers," 15 Nov. 2019 The ride-sharing stock is now trading 40% below its May initial public offering price, but management assured investors Uber is on track to be profitable by 2021. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "Good news may be ahead on China as volatile earnings roll in," 10 Nov. 2019 Private investors typically purchase shares for much less than the offering price. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Beyond Meat shares plunge after stock sale ban is lifted," 29 Oct. 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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Offering.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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