of·​fer | \ ˈȯ-fər How to pronounce offer (audio) , ˈä- \
offered; offering\ ˈȯ-​f(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce offer (audio) , ˈä-​ \

Definition of offer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to present as an act of worship or devotion : sacrifice to a Catholic church where she would offer a candle or so to his recovery— F. M. Ford
b : to utter (something, such as a prayer) in devotion offered up prayers of thanksgiving
2a : to present for acceptance or rejection : tender was offered a job
b : to present in order to satisfy a requirement candidates for degrees may offer French as one of their foreign languages
3a : propose, suggest offer a solution to a problem
b : to declare one's readiness or willingness offered to help me
4a : to try or begin to exert : put up offered stubborn resistance
b : threaten offered to strike him with his cane
5 : to make available : afford The summit offers a panoramic view. especially : to place (merchandise) on sale offers a range of cameras at reasonable prices
6 : to present in performance or exhibition offered a new comedy
7 : to propose as payment : bid offered me $100 for the recliner

intransitive verb

1 : to present something as an act of worship or devotion : sacrifice We are going to offer at the holy shrine.
2 archaic : to make an attempt
3 : to present itself buying land whenever opportunity offered
4 : to make a proposal (as of marriage) He offered to her after a three months' courtship.



Definition of offer (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a presenting of something for acceptance considering job offers from several firms an offer of marriage
b : an undertaking to do an act or give something on condition that the party to whom the proposal is made do some specified act or make a return promise
2 obsolete : offering
3 : a price named by one proposing to buy : bid
4a : attempt, try
b : an action or movement indicating a purpose or intention
on offer
chiefly British : being offered especially for sale

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Synonyms for offer

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of offer in a Sentence

Verb I was offered a position at a bank, but I turned it down. The victims were offered money as compensation for their injuries. If I may, I'd like to offer you a bit of advice. One of his neighbors offered to mow his lawn. A woman stopped and offered to help us. We don't need any help, but thank you for offering. They offer their customers a choice between soup or salad. Living in a large city offers a number of advantages. I'd like to offer a couple of comments on the points you've raised. I really don't know enough about it to offer an opinion. Noun After considering several job offers, she accepted a position with a local bank. He turned down an offer to run the company. We decided to hold out for a better offer. “How much do you want for the bike?” “I don't know. Make me an offer.” This special offer is good only while supplies last.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The White House did not immediately offer a response to the actions. Barbara Ortutay,, "Capitol violence sparks a social media reckoning with Trump," 7 Jan. 2021 Back then, Celine barely had a website and did not offer e-commerce, a decision that turned its stores into sacred spaces of style. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In an Increasingly Digital World, Bottega Veneta Signs Off From Social Media," 5 Jan. 2021 The angsty drafts didn’t reach complete catharsis, the uplifting versions didn’t quite offer hope, and all of us struggled to stay present with our words. Rebekah Taussig, Time, "A Partner With Cancer, a New Baby and a Pandemic: How I Learned to Live in a Tangle of Joy and Pain," 5 Jan. 2021 So Dong Phuong won’t offer walk-up service for king cakes at all. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "5 things that will define king cake during a different Mardi Gras, from Saints to shipping," 4 Jan. 2021 The Tundra has failed to make headway because buyers in the Midwest and many Wheat Belt states want the kind of towing brawn, payload heft and decades-old nameplate loyalty that Toyota’s 20-year-old truck can’t offer. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "The Tacoma pickup is Toyota’s cash cow, and a truck enthusiast’s favorite," 2 Jan. 2021 The Chase Sapphire Preferred doesn’t offer the same luxury travel perks — like airline lounge access and travel credits — as the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, "Are you using the right credit card when ordering food for delivery?," 2 Jan. 2021 Officials did not offer any details about the suspect in the Wednesday shooting. Joe Sutton, CNN, "Minneapolis police were involved in a fatal shooting. The chief said he will release bodycam footage today," 31 Dec. 2020 Police say the investigation is continuing and would not offer additional details on whether anyone in the car was wearing a seat belt or whether speed was a factor. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Town mourns Coventry teens killed in crash," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Extras like, yes, even more caviar ($75) and batch cocktails ($40) are also on offer. Janelle Bitker,, "48 Bay Area restaurants serving special New Year’s Eve feasts for takeout," 22 Dec. 2020 But after a sports teacher at his school introduced him to a youth center, where fighting was on offer, Mokaev found a way to channel his energy and found an introduction to MMA. Ben Morse And Alex Thomas, CNN, "The refugee following in the footsteps of Khabib Nurmagomedov," 21 Dec. 2020 Toddlers — and golden retrievers — pawed at the puzzles on offer. Washington Post, "Puzzle swap celebrates jigsaw ‘barter culture’ amid pandemic chaos," 17 Dec. 2020 Options on offer at range from $800 to $1,500 per person, including tickets and five or seven nights of lodging. al, "Vacation event Moon Crush built to bring the music despite COVID," 15 Dec. 2020 The United States has secured 100 million doses from Pfizer, with the option of buying 500 million more, and 200 million from Moderna, with an additional 300 million on offer. New York Times, "With First Dibs on Vaccines, Rich Countries Have ‘Cleared the Shelves’," 15 Dec. 2020 To construct one hectic button-up on offer, London’s Ahluwalia label crisscrossed fragments of old striped dress shirts in a pell-mell manner. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Meet the Frankenshirt. It’s Three (or Seven) Shirts in One," 8 Dec. 2020 Although El Corte Ingles is on the platform, the Spanish retailer has few products on offer. Helene Fouquet,, "Alibaba Runs Into Europe’s Great Wall of Culture and Competition," 8 Dec. 2020 Some of the nurses took him up on the offer, working a week straight as the virus surges in the county of 3,300 residents. Arkansas Online, "As virus spreads, Kansas hospital runs out of staff," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of offer


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for offer

Verb and Noun

Middle English offren, in sense 1, from Old English offrian, from Late Latin offerre, from Latin, to present, tender, from ob- toward + ferre to carry; in other senses, from Anglo-French offrir, from Latin offerre — more at bear

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The first known use of offer was before the 12th century

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12 Jan 2021

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“Offer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce offer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of offer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give someone the opportunity to accept or take (something)
: to say that you are willing to do something
: to make (something) available : to provide or supply (something)



English Language Learners Definition of offer (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of giving someone the opportunity to accept something : the act of offering something
: an amount of money that someone is willing to pay for something
: an opportunity to buy something at a price that is lower than the usual price


of·​fer | \ ˈȯ-fər How to pronounce offer (audio) \
offered; offering

Kids Definition of offer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to present (something) to be accepted or rejected She offered me a piece of pie.
2 : to declare willingness We offered to help.
3 : to present for consideration : suggest Can I offer a suggestion?
4 : to make by effort The local people offered no resistance to invaders.
5 : to present as an act of worship We offered up prayers.



Kids Definition of offer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of presenting (something) to be accepted or rejected I couldn't resist the offer of chocolate.
2 : an act of declaring willingness Thanks for your offer to help.
3 : a price suggested by someone prepared to buy : bid The offer for the house was too low.

Choose the Right Synonym for offer


offer and present mean to put before another for acceptance. offer is used when the thing may be accepted or refused. He offered more coffee to the guests. present is used when something is offered with the hope or expectation of its being accepted. Salesmen presented their goods. The principal presented our diplomas.


of·​fer | \ ˈȯ-fər \

Legal Definition of offer

1 : a proposal, promise, or other manifestation of willingness to make and fulfill a contract or to bargain under proposed terms with another party that has the power to accept it upon receiving it denied accepting the offer — see also revoke, tender offer
2 : a price named by one proposing to buy (as in a bid, bargain, or settlement) : the amount of an offer to pay money decided the offer was too low

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