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Meaning of OFFER

Pronunciation:  'ofur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
  2. [n]  something offered (as a proposal or bid); "noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds"
  3. [n]  the verbal act of offering; "a generous offer of assistance"
  4. [v]  put forward for consideration; "He offered his opinion"
  5. [v]  threaten to do something; "I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal"
  6. [v]  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"
  7. [v]  produce or introduce on the stage; "The Shakespeare Company is offering"King Lear" this month"
  8. [v]  make available or accessible, provide or furnish; "The conference center offers a health spa"; "The hotel offers private meeting rooms"
  9. [v]  present for acceptance or rejection; ; "She offered us all a cold drink"
  10. [v]  make available for sale; "The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week"
  11. [v]  offer verbally; "extend my greetings"; "He offered his sympathy"
  12. [v]  make available; provide; "extend a loan"; "The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages"
  13. [v]  propose a payment; as at sales or auctions; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"
  14. [v]  mount or put up; "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"
  15. [v]  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"
  16. [v]  present as an act of worship; "offer prayers to the gods"

OFFER is a 5 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: bid, crack, declare oneself, extend, fling, go, offer up, offering, pass, pop the question, proffer, propose, provide, put up, volunteer, whirl
 See Also: accost, act, attempt, bargain, bid, bring on, bring out, by-bid, content, contract offer, counteroffer, dicker, effort, endeavor, endeavour, engage, furnish, give, market, marriage offer, marriage proposal, message, move, olive branch, outbid, overbid, pay, peace offering, produce, project, proposal, proposal of marriage, propose, provide, render, request, reward, rights issue, rights offering, sacrifice, solicit, special, speech act, subject matter, subscribe, substance, supply, tender, tender, tender offer, threaten, try, twofer, underbid, wage, worship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Of"fer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Offered}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Offering}.] [OE. offren, {AS}. offrian to sacrifice, fr. L.
    offerre; ob (see {OB-}) + ferre to bear, bring. The English
    word was influenced by F. offrir to offer, of the same
    origin. See 1st {Bear}.]
    1. To present, as an act of worship; to immolate; to
       sacrifice; to present in prayer or devotion; -- often with
             Thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin
             offering for atonement.               --Ex. xxix.
             A holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices.
                                                   --1 Pet. ii.
    2. To bring to or before; to hold out to; to present for
       acceptance or rejection; as, to offer a present, or a
       bribe; to offer one's self in marriage.
             I offer thee three things.            --2 Sam. xxiv.
    3. To present in words; to proffer; to make a proposal of; to
       suggest; as, to offer an opinion. With the infinitive as
       an objective: To make an offer; to declare one's
       willingness; as, he offered to help me.
    4. To attempt; to undertake.
             All that offer to defend him.         --Shak.
    5. To bid, as a price, reward, or wages; as, to offer a
       guinea for a ring; to offer a salary or reward.
    6. To put in opposition to; to manifest in an offensive way;
       to threaten; as, to offer violence, attack, etc.
    Syn: To propose; propound; move; proffer; tender; sacrifice;
  2. \Of"fer\, v. i.
    1. To present itself; to be at hand.
             The occasion offers, and the youth complies.
    2. To make an attempt; to make an essay or a trial; -- used
       with at. ``Without offering at any other remedy.''
             He would be offering at the shepherd's voice.
             I will not offer at that I can not master. --Bacon.
  3. \Of"fer\, n. [Cf. F. offre, fr. offrir to offer, fr. L.
    offerre. See {Offer}, v. t.]
    1. The act of offering, bringing forward, proposing, or
       bidding; a proffer; a first advance. ``This offer comes
       from mercy.'' --Shak.
    2. That which is offered or brought forward; a proposal to be
       accepted or rejected; a sum offered; a bid.
             When offers are disdained, and love denied. --Pope.
    3. Attempt; endeavor; essay; as, he made an offer to catch
       the ball. ``Some offer and attempt.'' --South.
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