A little boy offers some flowers.
- The definition of an offer is an act of putting something forth for consideration, acceptance or rejection or something suggested or proposed.
- An example of offer is the act of putting in a bid on a house.
- An example of offer is the suggested sum of $30 per hour for tutoring.
- Offer is to put forth or suggest for consideration, acceptance or rejection.
An example of offer is to make a bid on a house.
- to present to God or a god in an act of worship: often with up: to offer prayers, offer up sacrifices
- to present for approval or acceptance; proffer; tender: to offer one's services
- to present for consideration; suggest; propose: to offer a plan
- to indicate or express one's willingness or intention (to do something): to offer to go
- to show or give signs of: to offer resistance
- to present for sale
- to bid (a price, etc.)
Origin of offerMiddle English offren from Old English and OFr: Old English offrian from Ecclesiastical Late Latin offerre, to offer to God, sacrifice; Old French offrir: both from Classical Latin offerre, to bring before, present, show from ob- (see ob-) + ferre, to bear
- to make a presentation or sacrifice in worship
- to occur; present itself: when the opportunity offers
- Rare to make a proposal, as of marriage
- Archaic to make an attempt (at)
- the act of offering
- something offered; presentation, proposal, suggestion, bid, etc.
- Law a proposal supported by adequate consideration, the full and complete acceptance of which constitutes a contract
verbof·fered, of·fer·ing, of·fers
- a. To present for acceptance or rejection; proffer: offered me a drink.b. To put forward for consideration; propose: offer an opinion.c. To present in order to meet a need or satisfy a requirement: offered new statistics in order to facilitate the decision-making process.d. To present as an act of worship: offer a prayer.e. To propose as payment; bid: offered only half what I was asking for the car.
- a. To make available; afford: The situation offers us the opportunity to learn more.b. To present for sale: Those boots are being offered at half price.c. To provide; furnish: a hotel that offers conference facilities.
- To exhibit readiness or desire (to do something); volunteer: offered to carry the packages.
- To engage in; put up: partisans who offered strong resistance to the invaders.
- To threaten: offered to leave without them if they didn't hurry.
- To produce or introduce on the stage: The repertory group is offering two new plays this season.
- To present an offering in worship or devotion.
- To make an offer or proposal, especially of marriage.
- To present itself: “This plan was dropped, because of its risk, and because a better offered” ( T.E. Lawrence )
- Baseball To swing at a pitch. Used of a batter.
- The act of offering: an offer of assistance.
- Something, such as a suggestion, proposal, bid, or recommendation, that is offered: Did you accept his offer for the car?
- Law A proposal that if accepted constitutes a legally binding contract.
- The condition of being offered, especially for sale: thousands of bushels of wheat on offer.
Origin of offerMiddle English offren from Old English offrian to present in worship and from Old French offrir to propose, present both from Latin offerre to present, offer ob- to ; see ob- . ferre to bring ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- of′fer·er of′fer·or
- A proposal that has been made.
- What's in his offer?
- Something put forth, bid, proffered or tendered.
- His offer was $3.50 per share.
- (law) 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.
From Middle English offer, from Old French offre (“offer"), from offrir (“to offer"), from Latin offerÅ (“to present, bring before"). Compare North Frisian offer (“sacrifice, donation, fee"), Dutch offer (“offering, sacrifice"), German Opfer (“victim, sacrifice"), Danish offer (“victim, sacrifice"), Icelandic offr (“offering"). See verb below.
(third-person singular simple present offers, present participle offering, simple past and past participle offered)
- To present (something) to God as a gesture of worship, or for a sacrifice.
- To place (something) in a position where it can be added to an existing mechanical assembly.
- (intransitive) To propose or express one's willingness (to do something).
- She offered to help with her homework.
- To present in words; to proffer; to make a proposal of; to suggest.
- Everybody offered an opinion.
- To place at someone's disposal; to present (something) to be either accepted or turned down.
- He offered use of his car for the week.
- He offered his good will for the Councilman's vote.
- To bid, as a price, reward, or wages.
- I offered twenty dollars for it.
- The company is offering a salary of Â£30,000 a year.
- (intransitive) To happen, to present itself.
- He would be offering at the shepherd's voice.
- Francis Bacon
- I will not offer at that I cannot master.
- To put in opposition to; to manifest in an offensive way; to threaten.
- to offer violence to somebody
From Middle English offren, offrien, from Old English offrian (“to offer, sacrifice, bring an oblation"), from Latin offerÅ (“to present, bestow, bring before", literally “to bring to"), from Latin ob + ferÅ (“bring, carry"), from Proto-Indo-European *bÊ°er-, *bÊ°rÄ“- (“to carry, bear"), later reinforced by Old French offrir (“to offer"). Cognate with Old Frisian offria (“to offer"), Old Dutch offrÅn (“to offer"), German opfern (“to offer"), Old Norse offra (“to offer"). More at ob-, bear. Displaced Old English ÄbÄ“odan from Ä- + bÄ“odan (“to command, decree, summon").
- (used in combinations from phrasal verbs) agent noun of off
off +"Ž -er
offer - Legal Definition
- The act of presenting something, such as a bargain, with the understanding that should the other party agree, that bargain will be complete.
- A promise by one party to do something in exchange for something else being done by the second party.
- An act demonstrating a willingness to enter into a contract in such a way that a reasonable person would recognize that acceptance of the terms will conclude in a binding agreement. See also acceptance.