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Dictionary Definition

offer

Noun

1 the verbal act of offering; "a generous offer of assistance" [syn: offering]
2 something offered (as a proposal or bid); "noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds" [syn: offering]
3 a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl" [syn: crack, fling, go, pass, whirl]

Verb

1 make available or accessible, provide or furnish; "The conference center offers a health spa"; "The hotel offers private meeting rooms"
2 present for acceptance or rejection; "She offered us all a cold drink" [syn: proffer]
3 agree freely; "She volunteered to drive the old lady home"; "I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it" [syn: volunteer]
4 put forward for consideration; "He offered his opinion"
5 offer verbally; "extend my greetings"; "He offered his sympathy" [syn: extend]
6 make available for sale; "The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week"
7 propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting" [syn: bid, tender]
8 produce or introduce on the stage; "The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month"
9 present as an act of worship; "offer prayers to the gods" [syn: offer up]
10 mount or put up; "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance" [syn: put up, provide]
11 make available; provide; "extend a loan"; "The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages" [syn: extend]
12 ask (someone) to marry you; "he popped the question on Sunday night"; "she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months"; "The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman" [syn: propose, declare oneself, pop the question]
13 threaten to do something; "I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal"off adj
1 not in operation or operational; "the oven is off"; "the lights are off" [ant: on]
2 below a satisfactory level; "an off year for tennis"; "his performance was off"
3 (of events) no longer planned or scheduled; "the wedding is definitely off" [syn: cancelled] [ant: on]
4 in an unpalatable state; "sour milk" [syn: sour, turned]
5 not performing or scheduled for duties; "He's off every Tuesday"; "he was off duty when it happened"; "an off-duty policeman" [syn: off(p), off duty(p), off-duty(a)] adv
1 from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete); "ran away from the lion"; "wanted to get away from there"; "sent the children away to boarding school"; "the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to school"; "they drove off"; "go forth and preach" [syn: away, forth]
2 at a distance in space or time; "the boat was 5 miles off (or away)"; "the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)"; "away back in the 18th century" [syn: away]
3 no longer on or in contact or attached; "clean off the dirt"; "he shaved off his mustache" [also: offer]offer See off

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ˈɒfə(r)/
  • italbrac US /ˈɑːfɚ/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒfə(r)

Etymology 1

From offrian, from etyl la offero.

Noun

  1. A proposal that has been made.
    What's in his offer?
  2. Something put forth, bid, proffered or tendered.
    His offer was $3.50 per share.
  3. An invitation to enter into a binding contract communicated to another party which contains terms sufficiently definite to create an enforceable contract if the other party accepts the invitation.
    His first letter was not a real offer, but an attempt to determine interest.
Translations
proposal
  • Danish: bud , tilbud
  • Dutch: voorstel, aanbod, bod, aanzoek, aanbieding
  • Finnish: tarjous
  • German: Vorschlag, Angebot
  • Norwegian: forslag
  • Polish: propozycja , oferta
  • Russian: предложение
  • Slovene: predlog
something put forth
  • Danish: tilbud , udbud
  • Dutch: voorstel, bod
  • Finnish: tarjous
  • German: Angebot
  • Norwegian:
    Bokmål: tilbud , bud
    Nynorsk: tilbod , bod
  • Polish: oferta
  • Russian: предложение
  • Slovene: ponudba
law: invitation to enter binding contract
  • Danish: udbudsforretning
  • Dutch: bod
  • Finnish: tarjous
  • German: Angebot, Antrag, Offerte
  • Norwegian:
    Bokmål: anbud
    Nynorsk: anbod
  • Russian: предложение

Etymology 2

From offero.

Verb

  1. To propose something.
    See offered to help with her homework.
  2. To place at one’s disposal.
    He offered use of his car for the week.
  3. To proffer.
    He offered his good will for the Councilman's vote.
Usage notes
Translations
propose
place at disposal
proffer

Danish

Noun

offer

Derived terms

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • /ˈɔfər/

Noun

  1. sacrifice

Derived terms

Norwegian

Swedish

Pronunciation

Extensive Definition

Offer may refer to:
In business:
  • Tender offer, an offer to buy company stock from existing stockholders under specific conditions
  • Ask price (or offer price), the price a seller is willing to accept for a particular good
  • special offer, a kind of sales promotion
People:

See also

offer in German: Angebot
offer in Spanish: Demanda
offer in French: Offre
offer in Japanese: トライアル
offer in Polish: Trial
offer in Romanian: Ofertă
offer in Russian: Триал
offer in Slovak: Ponuka
offer in Swedish: Rättstvist
offer in Chinese: 裁判

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accommodation, accord, accordance, adduce, administer, advance, afford, allege, allot, allow, approach, array, assay, attempt, award, awarding, bestow, bestow on, bestowal, bestowment, bid, bid in, bid up, bring forward, bring on, bring to bear, chance, cite, come forward, communicate, communication, concession, confer, conferment, conferral, contribution, crack, deal, deal out, deliverance, delivery, deploy, dish out, dispense, display, dole, dole out, donate, donation, effort, endeavor, endowment, engage, essay, exhibit, experiment, extend, fling, fork out, furnish, furnishment, gambit, gift, gift with, gifting, give, give freely, give out, giving, go, grant, granting, hand out, heap, help to, hold forth, hold out, impart, impartation, impartment, investiture, issue, lavish, lay, let have, liberality, lick, lift a finger, make, make a bid, make an attempt, make an effort, make an offer, make available, marshal, mete, mete out, move, offer to buy, offering, plead, pose, pour, prefer, present, presentation, presentment, produce, proffer, proposal, propose, proposition, provide, provision, put forth, put forward, put to choice, put to vote, put up, rain, rally, render, seek, sell, serve, set before, shell out, shill, shot, show, shower, slip, snow, stab, step, step forward, strive, stroke, strong bid, struggle, submit, subscription, suggest, supplying, surrender, tender, tentative, trial, trial and error, try, undertake, undertaking, venture, venture on, venture upon, volunteer, vouchsafe, vouchsafement, whack, yield
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