- 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; sacrifice.
- 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; sacrifice.
- to make a proposal or suggestion.
- to suggest oneself to someone for marriage; propose.
- Archaic. to make an attempt (followed by at).
- 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.
- Law. a proposal that requires only acceptance in order to create a contract.
- an attempt or endeavor.
- a show of intention.
- a proposal of marriage.
Origin of offer
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for offer
Some seventy-plus countries currently offer some paternity leave or parental leave days reserved for the father.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
I will turn my nose up when you offer me the rest of some delicious pastry that you nibbled on.Why My Norovirus Panic Makes Me Sick
January 5, 2015
As a white, educated, Western, middle-class male, I possess most of the unearned privilege the world has to offer.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
For the Brogpas, transforming into a tourist attraction may offer their community a way to generate much-needed income.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
To be a parent is to be able to offer truly unconditional love.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
He caught but two fish, and they were so small that he decided not to offer them for sale.
It is very honorable in you to make the offer, and I like you the better for having made it.
I told Coplen to offer her a million cash for everything rather'n have any fuss.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The offer was thankfully accepted, and the generous merchant was as good as his word.
"Your escort was accepted because you were the first to offer it," said Halbert.
- to present or proffer (something, someone, oneself, etc) for acceptance or rejection
- (tr) to present as part of a requirementshe offered English as a second subject
- (tr) to provide or make accessiblethis stream offers the best fishing
- (intr) to present itselfif an opportunity should offer
- (tr) to show or express willingness or the intention (to do something)
- (tr) to put forward (a proposal, opinion, etc) for consideration
- (tr) to present for sale
- (tr) to propose as payment; bid or tender
- (when tr, often foll by up) to present (a prayer, sacrifice, etc) as or during an act of worship
- (tr) to show readiness forto offer battle
- (intr) archaic to make a proposal of marriage
- (tr; sometimes foll by up or to) engineering to bring (a mechanical piece) near to or in contact with another, and often to proceed to fit the pieces together
- something, such as a proposal or bid, that is offered
- the act of offering or the condition of being offered
- contract law a proposal made by one person that will create a binding contract if accepted unconditionally by the person to whom it is madeSee also acceptance
- a proposal of marriage
- short for offer price
- on offer for sale at a reduced price
- Office of Electricity Regulation: merged with Ofgas in 1999 to form Ofgem
Word Origin and History for offer
Old English ofrian "to offer, show, exhibit, sacrifice, bring an oblation," from Latin offerre "to present, bestow, bring before" (in Late Latin "to present in worship"), from ob "to" (see ob-) + ferre "to bring, to carry" (see infer). The Latin word was borrowed elsewhere in Germanic, e.g. Old Frisian offria, Middle Dutch offeren, Old Norse offra. Non-religious sense reinforced by Old French offrir "to offer," from Latin offerre. Related: Offered; offering.