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offer

verb of·fer \ ˈȯ-fər , ˈä- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of offer

offered; offering play \ˈȯ-f(ə-)riŋ, ˈä-\
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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
3 a :propose, suggest
  • offer a solution to a problem
b :to declare one's readiness or willingness
  • offered to help me
4 a :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.

Examples of offer in a Sentence

  1. I was offered a position at a bank, but I turned it down.

  2. The victims were offered money as compensation for their injuries.

  3. If I may, I'd like to offer you a bit of advice.

  4. One of his neighbors offered to mow his lawn.

  5. A woman stopped and offered to help us.

  6. We don't need any help, but thank you for offering.

  7. They offer their customers a choice between soup or salad.

  8. Living in a large city offers a number of advantages.

  9. I'd like to offer a couple of comments on the points you've raised.

  10. I really don't know enough about it to offer an opinion.

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Origin and Etymology of offer

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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offer

noun

Definition of offer

1 a :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
4 a :attempt, try
b :an action or movement indicating a purpose or intention
on offer
chiefly British :being offered especially for sale

Examples of offer in a Sentence

  1. After considering several job offers, she accepted a position with a local bank.

  2. He turned down an offer to run the company.

  3. We decided to hold out for a better offer.

  4. “How much do you want for the bike?” “I don't know. Make me an offer.”

  5. This special offer is good only while supplies last.

Recent Examples of offer from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of offer

see 1offer

offer Synonyms

Synonyms
assay [archaic], bash [chiefly British], bid, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, attempt, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirl
Related Words
striving, struggle, throes, undertaking; trial and error

Financial Definition of OFFER

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.



OFFER Defined for English Language Learners

offer

verb

Definition of offer for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


offer

noun

Definition of offer for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OFFER Defined for Kids

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offer

verb of·fer \ ˈȯ-fər \

Definition of offer for Students

offered; offering
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.

Word Root of offer

The Latin word ferre, meaning “to carry” or “to bring,” gives us the root fer. Words from the Latin ferre have something to do with carrying. To transfer is to carry across from one person, place, or condition to another. To confer is to bring something to someone in order to present it. To offer is to bring forth for another to accept or reject. To prefer is to carry a stronger liking for one over another.

Synonym Discussion of 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.

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offer

noun

Definition of offer for Students

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.

Law Dictionary

offer

noun 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

offer

verb


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