Meaning of OFFER in English

I. ˈȯ-fər, ˈä- verb

( of·fered ; of·fer·ing -f(ə-)riŋ)

Etymology: 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

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to present as an act of worship or devotion : sacrifice

b. : to utter (as a prayer) in devotion


a. : to present for acceptance or rejection : tender

was offer ed a job

b. : to present in order to satisfy a requirement

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a. : propose , suggest

offer a solution to a problem

b. : to declare one's readiness or willingness

offer ed to help me


a. : to try or begin to exert : put up

offer ed stubborn resistance

b. : threaten

offer ed to strike him with his cane

5. : to make available : afford ; especially : to place (merchandise) on sale

6. : to present in performance or exhibition

7. : to propose as payment : bid

intransitive verb

1. : to present something as an act of worship or devotion : sacrifice

2. archaic : to make an attempt

3. : to present itself

4. : to make a proposal (as of marriage)

II. noun

Date: 15th century


a. : a presenting of something for acceptance

considering job offer s 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


a. : attempt , try

b. : an action or movement indicating a purpose or intention

- on offer

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