[ aw-fer, of-er ]
/ ˈɔ fər, ˈɒf ər /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. offending,
  2. offense,
  3. offenseless,
  4. offensive,
  5. offensively,
  6. offer document,
  7. offer price,
  8. offering,
  9. offering price,
  10. offertory

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

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for offered


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Derived Formsofferer or offeror, noun

Word Origin for offer

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


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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 offered
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