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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Foreign investors cut their holdings of Chinese bonds by another $16 billion in May, a month that saw the yuan hit its lowest level in 20 months, as institutions continued to shift money into other assets that offer better returns. Serena Ng, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The resolution follows other states that currently offer in-state tuition to some undocumented students. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2022 Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's CFO Network Summit, Gensler suggested many crypto companies are engaging in behaviors overseen by his agency, pointing to companies that offer yield for staking as one example. Nikhilesh De, Fortune, 14 June 2022 With its help, banks will be able to arrive at quicker, safer estimations of risk analysis while issuing credit, arrive at a better mix of investments, and curate trading computations that offer better returns. Nitin Rakesh, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Even some colleges, businesses or other organizations that offer aid to students require those students to fill out a FAFSA. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 13 June 2022 For assistance with dental care, Michigan residents can visit to find dental clinics that offer payment on a sliding scale and accept Medicaid. Eve Sampson, Detroit Free Press, 12 June 2022 To track down solutions that actually offer a clinical, rather than just an emotional, salve, though, Lancer insists that consumers should read the small print. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 12 June 2022 And most people who have logged encounters with both the vaccine and the coronavirus build up a hybrid immunity that may offer the best protection. New York Times, 11 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The offer engine or e-commerce website should be integrated in real time with the wealth of data that the business has about its customers. Song Bac Toh, Forbes, 28 June 2022 No formal offer has been made yet and FTX could decide not to go forward with any plans, according to the report. Nelson Wang, Fortune, 27 June 2022 There’s Extremely Blessed and Beyond Blessed that recruits like to tweet after receiving a scholarship offer. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 Their starting center is a restricted free agent, meaning the Suns can match any offer from another team all the way up to the max of four years, $131 million. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 27 June 2022 This also starts the two-day clock for matching any offer sheets extended to restricted free agents during the July 1-6 signing moratorium. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 23 June 2022 In 2017, a federal judge approved the U.S. government’s offer to pay $1 million to Hernández-Rojas’ children to settle a lawsuit. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 The 6-7 Catchings, who has a Purdue offer, visited Illinois and Indiana this week. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 Locker rooms are located on the same floor and offer showers, steam rooms and saunas. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 See More

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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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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

Other Words from offer

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