[aw-fer, of-er]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of offer

before 900; Middle English offren, Old English offrian to present in worship < Latin offerre, equivalent to of- of- + ferre to bring, bear1
Related formsof·fer·a·ble, adjectiveof·fer·er, of·fer·or, nounnon·of·fer, nounpre·of·fer, noun, verb (used with object)re·of·fer, verb, nounself-of·fered, adjectiveun·of·fered, adjective

Synonyms for offer

1. 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. give, move, propose.

Antonyms for offer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for offer

Contemporary Examples of offer

Historical Examples of offer

  • He caught but two fish, and they were so small that he decided not to offer them for sale.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It is very honorable in you to make the offer, and I like you the better for having made it.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • 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.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "Your escort was accepted because you were the first to offer it," said Halbert.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for offer



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
Derived Formsofferer or offeror, noun

Word Origin for offer

Old English, from Latin offerre to present, from ob- to + ferre to bring


n acronym for (formerly, in Britain)

Office of Electricity Regulation: merged with Ofgas in 1999 to form Ofgem
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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.


early 15c., from Old French ofre "act of offering; offer, proposition" (12c.), verbal noun from offrir (see offer (v.)). The native noun formation is offering.

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