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 June, Lambesis sent an email to Arizona State University offering to donate the box to the university's archives. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "Inside a cardboard box, a story of a life lived, a fight and the work yet to be done," 10 Oct. 2020 Away’s offering stood up very well to our abuse, handling being kicked, jumped on and dropped down stairs with only minor scuffing and zero lasting dents. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "The best carry-on suitcases of 2020," 9 Oct. 2020 Grunt Style later released a timeline of events and a screenshot of an email offering to cover his medical expenses until the two sides concluded negotiations. Brandon Lingle,, "A Grunt Style Reckoning: A look inside San Antonio apparel maker’s rowdy past, near-death experience and current leadership battle," 8 Oct. 2020 An unmasked homeowner offering candy could breathe germs on trick-or-treating children. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Driveway movies and sanitized treats: Families prep for COVID-19 Halloween," 8 Oct. 2020 Yet in an illustration of how Wall Street benefits even when U.S. markets are bypassed, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley were hired as underwriters for the Hong Kong part of the offering. Robert Schmidt,, "Pushing for More Scrutiny of Chinese Stocks Traded in the U.S.," 1 Oct. 2020 That could come by distributing ByteDance’s stake to existing shareholders, many of which are U.S. investors, and through a fundraising round ahead of a U.S. initial public offering that deal participants have said would come within a year. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "TikTok’s Fate Coming to a Head," 26 Sep. 2020 One key part of the firm's content offering is coming into focus again as the end of the year nears. Georg Szalai, Billboard, "SiriusXM Boosts 2020 Subscriber Forecast on 'Strong' Demand," 9 Sep. 2020 But the lack of a competitive premium offering has stunted growth and profitability. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Fitbit signals it is time to take on Apple and Samsung with new smartwatches," 25 Aug. 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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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Offering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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