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 In recent years, Burberry has done a lot to change up its usual offerings, including banning the use of fur and unsold clothing in its designs and unveiling a new logo. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "How You Can Livestream Burberry’s London Fashion Week 2019 Show," 16 Sep. 2019 The company's apparent willingness to move forward with its public offering, even at such a steep discount from its prior valuation, suggests the money-losing business feels pressure to raise money now. Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "WeWork has become poster child for everything wrong with tech unicorns," 13 Sep. 2019 Baja East's favorite silhouettes -- harem and palazzo pants, oversized sweatshirts, and raglan t-shirts -- still reign supreme in their latest offering that heavily features coral, blue and fringe detailing. Nicole Saunders, Billboard, "Janelle Monaé Shuts Down Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano Goes Pop & More of NYFW's Best Music Moments," 13 Sep. 2019 The tribal plan has been hung up by federal regulations and Congressional wrangling, and Rhode Island has beefed up its offerings with a new gaming center in Tiverton., "Rachel Volberg, a professor in the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences, who is principal investigator of the study, said it’s too early to say whether the state’s full-service casinos will have a similar effect in keeping Massachusetts gambling dollars in-state.," 12 Sep. 2019 Uber has been plenty busy adding new services and programs of its own to its Denver-area offerings since that 2013 launch date. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Uber and Lyft have made Denver a testing ground," 11 Sep. 2019 Learn to fold a crane and leave your own offering in remembrance of this pivotal event in world history. National Geographic, "Japan Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 Mainstream grocery stores have expanded their offerings to cater to the market. Mallory Moench,, "Delivery app feeds Bay Area households’ hunger for Asian groceries," 31 Aug. 2019 This means that travel brands have had to step up their offerings in order to cater to the preferences among cross-generational travellers. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "These Travel Brands Will Upgrade Your Next Family Vacation," 31 Aug. 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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