[aw-fer-ing, of-er-]


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

before 1000; Middle English; Old English offrung. See offer, -ing1


[aw-fer, of-er]

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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

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 offering

Contemporary Examples of offering

Historical Examples of offering

  • I found him crowned with garlands; for he had been offering sacrifices in the hall.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • He also seized the opportunity of offering him a libretto for a new oratorio.


    Edward J. Dent

  • She thought she would love the new home they were offering her.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for offering



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
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 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.



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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