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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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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Here’s a look at some of the top concert offerings, highlighted by appearances from Casting Crowns, Kari Jobe, Diana Krall and Janet Jackson. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Jim the Critic’s Top Bay Area Concert Picks of Week (Sept. 19-25)," 12 Sep. 2019 Saudi Arabia is planning a two-part listing of Aramco on its domestic stock market to ensure that the exchange can absorb what would be the kingdom’s largest initial public offering, according to The Wall Street Journal. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Saudi Aramco’s Long-Awaited IPO Might Actually Happen: Term Sheet," 11 Sep. 2019 Regulatory compliance has provided a particular boost to the appeal of private- and hybrid-cloud offerings, said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research. Rob Pegoraro, Ars Technica, "“Everything as a service” is coming—but we’re not there quite yet," 10 Sep. 2019 It’s less expensive than Disney’s upcoming streaming offering, Disney+, which will cost $6.99 monthly or $70 a year, and Netflix’s basic plan, which costs $8.99 a month. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Apple ups the stakes in streaming wars with $4.99 a month price for Apple TV+," 10 Sep. 2019 People also leave representations of human skeletons and skulls, and other offerings, along roads and in graveyards. Jessie Yeung, CNN Style, "New 'Day of the Dead Barbie' celebrates Mexican holiday," 10 Sep. 2019 Food offerings from more than a dozen local restaurants included pizza, snow cones and crepes. Graydon Megan,, "Rock the Block draws families to Elmhurst for music, food and fun," 9 Sep. 2019 The 30-minute tour includes specialty beer offerings, additional stops along the tour for beer tastings (often a specialty brew) and a souvenir pint glass. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MillerCoors drops the discount for Milwaukee County residents on brewery tour tickets," 9 Sep. 2019 There are other themes coursing through this fall’s best theater offerings, of course. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "From Steve Martin’s “Bright Star” to Cheryl Strayed’s “Tiny Beautiful Things,” 10 must-see fall plays in Colorado," 8 Sep. 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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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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