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

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 Howard offers very little value in PPR leagues and is entirely touchdown-dependent for the Eagles in 2019. Frankie Taddeo,, "Fantasy Football 2019: Week 3 Players You Can Drop," 17 Sep. 2019 The shot offers protection for both the woman and her unborn baby. NBC News, "This year's flu season may be a bad one. Here's why you need a flu shot.," 17 Sep. 2019 The David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers full rides to about 20 percent of its entering classes, though the awards are based on merit, not need., "Cornell University’s medical school announced Monday that it would make the cost of attendance free for all students who qualify for financial aid, entering a roiling debate over student debt and the rising cost of higher education in the United States.," 17 Sep. 2019 The new formula offers profits sooner in exchange for the studio to have complete control of any future licensing revenue, according to the conversations the L.A. Times has had with agents, union representatives and attorneys. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "WGA West President David Goodman easily reelected as union spars over agency fight," 16 Sep. 2019 The David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers full rides to about 20 percent of its entering classes, though the awards are based on merit, not need. Adeel Hassan, New York Times, "Cornell’s Medical School Offers Full Rides in Battle Over Student Debt," 16 Sep. 2019 The California Surf Museum, 312 Pier View Way, offers free admission to the museum that day. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Senior center recognizes residents older than 90," 16 Sep. 2019 The backyard offers views of the McDowell Mountains and includes an infinity pool, ramada and a built-in barbecue area. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Paradise Valley estate near 1st hole of Camelback Country Club golf course sells for $2.83M," 16 Sep. 2019 New Hope of Indiana's new Cheese and Thank You food truck offers young adults with special needs opportunity for work and prepare, serve, sell the food. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Food truck serves mac and cheese to guests and careers to disabled adults," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The latest round of talks ended with an offer of around $2 million for Taylor to end the claims against Brown, with a deadline of last Sunday night., "MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — NFL investigators will meet with Antonio Brown’s accuser on Monday, a source confirmed to the Globe, officially launching the league’s investigation into sexual assault and rape allegations made against Brown by his trainer, Britney Taylor, in a civil lawsuit in Florida.," 16 Sep. 2019 The applicant accepted an offer and passed the background check. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "The job market is so good, new hires aren't showing up for their first day of work," 16 Sep. 2019 Juventus star Mario Mandzukic is set for a move to an unnamed Qatari club, after rejecting a number of offers from the USA's Major League Soccer., "Juventus Striker Mario Mandzukic Heading to Qatar After Rejecting Offers From MLS," 14 Sep. 2019 Yang's retweet included an offer to have a conversation with the comedian. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Andrew Yang to 'SNL' Castmember Shane Gillis: "Happy to Sit Down and Talk"," 14 Sep. 2019 In the meantime, who knows what kind of enticing football offers might come his way. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: More than 40 college football coaches showed interest in Hand-Madison QB Phoenix Billings, but for the two-sport stud UConn baseball the right fit," 13 Sep. 2019 Just before his murder trial was set to begin this week, former University of North Alabama football player Khadedryck Todd received an unusual offer. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Mercy and a promise save former football player from lengthy manslaughter sentence," 12 Sep. 2019 When a college extends an acceptance offer to a student, there are discrepancies in how various terms of cost are used. David Klein, Quartz, "The US doesn’t have a student debt problem. It has a college tuition crisis," 12 Sep. 2019 The offer included wage or lump sum increases in all four years of the deal, plus ‘‘nationally leading’’ health benefits., "UAW votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants - The Boston Globe," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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Financial Definition of offer

What It Is

An offer is a communication of interest in buying or selling an asset. In other contexts, it might refer to the act of making something available for sale.

How It Works

For example, a retailer might offer a men's watch for $2,000, meaning that the retailer will sell the watch for that amount. However, a customer might come into the store and offer $1,500 for the watch, meaning that the customer is expressing an interest in buying the watch for that amount.

Why It Matters

Offers make the business world go around, because a fundamental rule of markets in a capitalistic economy is that a product or service is worth only what someone is willing to pay for it. Anybody who has tried to sell an asset in a down market has probably learned this rule the hard way.

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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.

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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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