Meaning of OFFER in English


1. when you offer something to someone

2. when you offer to help

3. to offer money for something

4. something that you offer


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1. when you offer something to someone

▷ offer /ˈɒfəʳǁˈɔː-, ˈɑː-/ [transitive verb]

to say that someone can have something if they want it :

offer somebody something

▪ She didn’t even offer me a cup of tea.

▪ I’ve been offered the job!

▪ Can I offer you a ride?

▪ Why don’t you offer them a drink while I finish getting dinner ready?

offer something to somebody

▪ Unfortunately, they offered the contract to someone else.

▷ would you like ...? /wʊd juː ˈlaɪk/ spoken

say this as a polite way of offering something to someone :

▪ We have some maps of the city - would you like one?

▪ Would you like fries with that?

▷ can I get you ...? /kən aɪ ˈget juː/ spoken

say this when you are offering someone a drink or food, for example at a party :

▪ Can I get you some coffee?

▪ What can I get you? There’s beer or wine.

▷ help yourself /ˌhelp jɔːʳˈself/ spoken

say this to tell someone they can take anything they want from the food and drink that is available :

▪ There’s plenty of food, so help yourself.

help yourself to

▪ Help yourself to some salad.

▷ have /hæv/ spoken

say this to persuade someone to take some food or drink that you are offering :

▪ Have some of the pie - my Mom made it.

▪ Go on, have another beer.

2. when you offer to help

▷ offer /ˈɒfəʳǁˈɔː-, ˈɑː-/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to say that you will do something in order to help someone :

▪ She was the kind of teacher who was always ready to offer advice and encouragement.

offer to do something

▪ I offered to help her with the dishes.

thanks for offering

▪ ‘Do you want me to look after the children next week?’ ‘No, but thanks for offering.’

▷ volunteer /ˌvɒlənˈtɪəʳǁˌvɑː-/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to offer to do something, especially something difficult or unpleasant :

volunteer to do something

▪ Jill volunteered to go with me to the hospital.

▪ Will anyone volunteer to help me clean up this mess?

volunteer for

▪ No one volunteered for night duty.

▷ come forward /ˌkʌm ˈfɔːʳwəʳd/ [verb phrase] British

to offer to give help, information, money etc, especially after someone has publicly requested something :

▪ The number of operations may have to be limited unless more blood donors come forward.

come forward to do something

▪ None of the parents came forward to help with the school party.

come forward with

▪ The negotiations will come to an end unless someone comes forward with a new proposal.

▷ let me /ˈlet miː/ spoken

say this when you are offering to help someone, especially when you want to be kind or friendly to them :

▪ Let me drive you to the station.

▪ Let me give you a hand with that, mate.

▪ Why don’t you let me cook dinner tonight?

▷ can Ido something/would you like me to do something also shall I do something British /ˌkæn aɪ ˈduː something, wʊd juː ˌlaɪk miː tə ˈduː something, ˌʃæl aɪ ˈduː something/ [verb phrase]

say this when you are offering to do something for someone :

▪ Can I take your bag - it looks heavy.

▪ Would you like me to mail that letter for you? I’m going into town.

▪ Shall I make a copy for you?

▪ ‘Can I get you anything else?’ the waiter asked.

3. to offer money for something

▷ offer /ˈɒfəʳǁˈɔː-, ˈɑː-/ [transitive verb]

to say that you will pay someone a particular amount of money in exchange for something :

offer somebody something

▪ Chaldon was offered a huge salary to become team manager.

offer (somebody) something for something

▪ Police are offering a reward for information about the shooting.

▪ Some guy offered me £2,000 for the car. I just laughed and hung up the phone.

▷ make an offer /ˌmeɪk ən ˈɒfəʳǁ-ˈɔː-/ [verb phrase]

to offer a particular amount of money in order to buy a house, car etc :

make an offer for/on

▪ Has anyone made an offer yet for the house?

make an offer of

▪ Immediately after they were shown the property, they made an offer of $165,000.

make somebody a generous offer

▪ I’m prepared to make you a very generous offer.

▷ bid /bɪd/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to offer to pay a particular amount of money for something you want to buy, in competition with other people :

bid $10/£20 etc for something

▪ At the auction, I bid £50 for a small antique mirror, but it ended up selling for over £200.

▪ Baxley International said on Friday that it bid $11 million in cash and stock to acquire the Los Angeles-based company.

bid for something

▪ Competition between the two companies bidding for the contract is fierce.

bid against somebody

▪ San Diego is asking private companies to bid against city workers to run one of the city’s three water treatment plants.

bidder [countable noun]

▪ The equipment will be auctioned off to the highest bidder the person who bids the highest amount .

4. something that you offer

▷ offer /ˈɒfəʳǁˈɔː-, ˈɑː-/ [countable noun]

something that someone has offered to give you or do for you, such as money, help, or advice :

a good offer

▪ I’ll sell the car if I get a good offer.

offer of

▪ Since the story ran in local papers, the family has received several offers of help.

accept an offer

say yes to it

▪ Pan Am accepted an offer to sell its African and Asian routes.

turn down/refuse/reject an offer

say no to it

▪ How could you refuse such a fantastic offer?

▷ bid /bɪd/ [countable noun]

an offer to pay a particular amount of money for something, when other people are also offering different amounts of money, and hoping to buy it :

bid for

▪ The highest bid for the painting was £400.

put in/submit/make a bid

say how much you will pay

▪ A number of companies have submitted bids to buy the supermarket chain.

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