- something offered in worship or devotion, as to a deity; an oblation or sacrifice.
- a contribution given to or through the church for a particular purpose, as at a religious service.
- anything offered as a gift.
- something presented for inspection or sale.
- a sale: our spring offering of furniture.
- the act of one who offers.
Origin of offering
- 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
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Examples from the Web for offering
Myerson herself appears to have bought into that stigma, offering mixed to negative views on the Miss America pageant.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
“Ovens using gas cylinders were set up to make bread under bridges, and nursing stations appeared, offering medicines,” he writes.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Both are offering original programing designed to be viewed however you prefer—one episode at a time or all at once.Binge Watching is the New Bonding Time
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2014
We should undo that double standard by offering similar protections to every young Black man who is arrested in this country.We Need More Ferguson-style Grand Juries
November 30, 2014
In a sense, she attempts to bribe the pastor, offering to make his church her home.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
I found him crowned with garlands; for he had been offering sacrifices in the hall.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He also seized the opportunity of offering him a libretto for a new oratorio.Handel
Edward J. Dent
She thought she would love the new home they were offering her.Her Father's Daughter
Then my guide surprised me a second time by offering to teach me to use the zabatana.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Captain Kyd wished me to go on an indigo plantation, offering me high wages.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- something that is offered
- a contribution to the funds of a religious organization
- a sacrifice, as of an animal, to a deity
- 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 offering
late Old English offrung "the presenting of something to a deity; a thing so presented," verbal noun from offrian (see offer (v.)). Of presentations to a person from mid-15c.; to the public from 1834.
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.