WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
of•fer /ˈɔfɚ, ˈɑfɚ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. [ + to  + verb ] to show willingness (to do something):I offered to go first.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. [ + obj] to give, make, or promise:offered no response to the question.
  9. [no obj] to present itself;
    occur:A sudden opportunity offered.

n. [count]
  1. an act or instance of offering.
  2. a proposal or bid to give or pay something.
of•fer•er, of•fer•or, n. [count]See -fer-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
of•fer  fər, ofər),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to present for acceptance or rejection;
    proffer:He offered me a cigarette.
  2. to propose or put forward for consideration:to offer a suggestion.
  3. to propose or volunteer (to do something):She offered to accompany me.
  4. to make a show of intention (to do something):We did not offer to go first.
  5. to give, make, or promise:She offered no response.
  6. to present solemnly as an act of worship or devotion, as to God, a deity or a saint;
    sacrifice.
  7. to present for sale:He offered the painting to me at a reduced price.
  8. to tender or bid as a price:to offer ten dollars for a radio.
  9. to attempt or threaten to do, engage in, or inflict:to offer battle.
  10. to put forth;
    exert:to offer resistance.
  11. to present to sight or notice.
  12. to introduce or present for exhibition or performance.
  13. to render (homage, thanks, etc.).
  14. to present or volunteer (oneself ) to someone as a spouse.

v.i. 
  1. to present itself;
    occur:Whenever an opportunity offered, he slipped off to town.
  2. to present something as an act of worship or devotion;
    sacrifice.
  3. to make a proposal or suggestion.
  4. to suggest oneself to someone for marriage;
    propose.
  5. [Archaic.]to make an attempt (fol. by at).

n. 
  1. an act or instance of offering:an offer of help.
  2. the condition of being offered:an offer for sale.
  3. something offered.
  4. a proposal or bid to give or pay something as the price of something else;
    bid:an offer of $90,000 for the house.
  5. Lawa proposal that requires only acceptance in order to create a contract.
  6. an attempt or endeavor.
  7. a show of intention.
  8. a proposal of marriage.
offer•a•ble, adj. 
offer•er, offer•or, n. 
  • 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
  1. to present or proffer (something, someone, oneself, etc) for acceptance or rejection
  2. (transitive) to present as part of a requirement: she offered English as a second subject
  3. (transitive) to provide or make accessible: this stream offers the best fishing
  4. (intransitive) to present itself: if an opportunity should offer
  5. (transitive) to show or express willingness or the intention (to do something)
  6. (transitive) to put forward (a proposal, opinion, etc) for consideration
  7. (transitive) to present for sale
  8. (transitive) to propose as payment; bid or tender
  9. when tr, often followed by up: to present (a prayer, sacrifice, etc) as or during an act of worship
  10. (transitive) to show readiness for: to offer battle
  11. (intransitive) archaic to make a proposal of marriage
n
  1. something, such as a proposal or bid, that is offered
  2. the act of offering or the condition of being offered
  3. a proposal of marriage
  4. on offerfor sale at a reduced price
Etymology: Old English, from Latin offerre to present, from ob- to + ferre to bring



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