WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
of•fer /ˈɔfɚ, ˈɑfɚ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to present or hold out (something) for acceptance or rejection: [ ~ + obj]:to offer a drink.[ ~ + obj + to + obj]:He offered a drink to his guests.[ ~ + obj + obj]:He offered his guests a drink.
- to propose or put forward for others to consider: [ ~ + obj]:I offered a suggestion.[ ~ + obj + to + obj]:I offered a suggestion to them.[ ~ + obj + obj]:I offered them a suggestion.[ used with quotations]:"We could cut back on costs,'' I offered.
- [ ~ + to + verb ] to show willingness (to do something):I offered to go first.
- to present solemnly as an act of worship to God or to a god: [ ~ + obj]:Let us offer thanks.[ ~ + obj + to + obj]:In the Eucharist, the priest offered the bread and wine to God.[ ~ + obj + obj]:They offered the gods sacrifices.[ ~ + obj + up + to + obj]:offering their prayers up to God.[ ~ + up + obj + to + obj ]:offering up their prayers to God.
- to present or provide, as for sale: [ ~ + obj]:This car offers anti-lock brakes at a low price.[ ~ + obj + obj]:Our company offers you low prices.[ ~ + obj + to + obj]:The company offers high quality to its customers.
- to propose or present as a price for buying something: [ ~ + obj]:They offered a low bid of $50,000.[ ~ + obj + obj]:They offered us a low price of $50,000.[ ~ + obj + to + obj]:They offered $100,000 to the homeowners.
- to put forth;
do or perform: [ ~ + obj]:to offer resistance.[ ~ + obj + obj]:He offered the police no resistance.[ ~ + obj + to + obj]:He offered no resistance to the police.
- [ ~ + obj] to give, make, or promise:offered no response to the question.
- [no obj] to present itself;
occur:A sudden opportunity offered.
of•fer•er, of•fer•or, n. [count]See -fer-.
- an act or instance of offering.
- a proposal or bid to give or pay something.
(ô′fər, of′ər),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to present for acceptance or rejection;
proffer:He offered me a cigarette.
- to propose or put forward for consideration:to offer a suggestion.
- to propose or volunteer (to do something):She offered to accompany me.
- to make a show of intention (to do something):We did not offer to go first.
- to give, make, or promise:She offered no response.
- to present solemnly as an act of worship or devotion, as to God, a deity or a saint;
- to present for sale:He offered the painting to me at a reduced price.
- to tender or bid as a price:to offer ten dollars for a radio.
- to attempt or threaten to do, engage in, or inflict:to offer battle.
- to put forth;
exert:to offer resistance.
- to present to sight or notice.
- to introduce or present for exhibition or performance.
- to render (homage, thanks, etc.).
- to present or volunteer (oneself ) to someone as a spouse.
- to present itself;
occur:Whenever an opportunity offered, he slipped off to town.
- to present something as an act of worship or devotion;
- to make a proposal or suggestion.
- to suggest oneself to someone for marriage;
- [Archaic.]to make an attempt (fol. by at).
of′fer•er, of′fer•or, n.
- an act or instance of offering:an offer of help.
- the condition of being offered:an offer for sale.
- something offered.
- a proposal or bid to give or pay something as the price of something else;
bid:an offer of $90,000 for the house.
- Lawa proposal that requires only acceptance in order to create a contract.
- an attempt or endeavor.
- a show of intention.
- a proposal of marriage.
- Latin offerre, equivalent. to of- of- + ferre to bring, bear1
- Middle English offren, Old English offrian to present in worship bef. 900
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Offer, proffer, tender mean to present for acceptance or refusal. Offer is a common word in general use for presenting something to be accepted or rejected:to offer assistance.Proffer, with the same meaning, is now chiefly a literary word:to proffer one's services.Tender (no longer used in reference to concrete objects) is a ceremonious term for a more or less formal or conventional act:to tender one's resignation.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged give, move, propose.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged withdraw, withhold.
- 20.See corresponding entry in Unabridged refusal, denial.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
offer /ˈɒfə/ vb
- to present or proffer (something, someone, oneself, etc) for acceptance or rejection
- (transitive) to present as part of a requirement: she offered English as a second subject
- (transitive) to provide or make accessible: this stream offers the best fishing
- (intransitive) to present itself: if an opportunity should offer
- (transitive) to show or express willingness or the intention (to do something)
- (transitive) to put forward (a proposal, opinion, etc) for consideration
- (transitive) to present for sale
- (transitive) to propose as payment; bid or tender
- when tr, often followed by up: to present (a prayer, sacrifice, etc) as or during an act of worship
- (transitive) to show readiness for: to offer battle
- (intransitive) archaic to make a proposal of marriage
Etymology: Old English, from Latin offerre to present, from ob- to + ferre to bring
- something, such as a proposal or bid, that is offered
- the act of offering or the condition of being offered
- a proposal of marriage
- on offer ⇒ for sale at a reduced price
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