off·​ing | \ ˈȯ-fiŋ How to pronounce offing (audio) , ˈä- \

Definition of offing

1 : the part of the deep sea seen from the shore
2 : the near or foreseeable future in the offing

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Examples of offing in a Sentence

major changes are in the offing for the company
Recent Examples on the Web New smell therapies for Covid survivors are in the offing. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2022 None, of course, were in the offing for migrants at this stage of their process of seeking asylum. Philip Elliott, Time, 20 Sep. 2022 Investors are disappointed there is no imminent takeover in the offing for the maker of Assassin’s Creed. Sam Schechner, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 While more flights could be in the offing for the region, other observers say prices are likely to go higher if JetBlue wins the contest. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 13 July 2022 Awards may be in the offing for this, too, but for now, Lambert is happily headlining The Bandwagon Tour with pals Little Big Town and the Cadillac Three. Gary Graff, cleveland, 1 June 2022 International travel may not yet be in the offing for everyone, but this issue will take you on an expedition where all cultures are valued and a love of beauty, rather than war, is the universal currency. Jessica Cruel, Allure, 10 Mar. 2022 If an attractive multi-year option is not in the offing for Forbes in free agency, one option in front of him would be to take a one-year minimum deal from the Bucks. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2021 More changes, especially with another General Conference a mere weeks away, may be in the offing. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of offing

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for offing

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24 Sep 2022

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“Offing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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off·​ing | \ ˈȯ-fiŋ How to pronounce offing (audio) \

Kids Definition of offing

: the near future or distance I see trouble in the offing.


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