[ aw-fer-ing, of-er- ]
/ ˈɔ fər ɪŋ, ˈɒf ər- /


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

Definition for offering (2 of 2)

[ aw-fer, of-er ]
/ ˈɔ fər, ˈɒf ər /

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


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.

OTHER WORDS FROM offer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for offering (1 of 3)

/ (ˈɒfərɪŋ) /


something that is offered
a contribution to the funds of a religious organization
a sacrifice, as of an animal, to a deity

British Dictionary definitions for offering (2 of 3)

/ (ˈɒfə) /



Derived forms of offer

offerer or offeror, noun

Word Origin for offer

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

British Dictionary definitions for offering (3 of 3)

/ (ˈɒfə) /

n acronym for (formerly, in Britain)

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