Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To present for acceptance or rejection; proffer: offered me a drink.
  • transitive v. To put forward for consideration; propose: offer an opinion.
  • transitive v. To present in order to meet a need or satisfy a requirement: offered new statistics in order to facilitate the decision-making process.
  • transitive v. To make available; afford: The situation offers us the opportunity to learn more.
  • transitive v. To present for sale.
  • transitive v. To provide; furnish: a hotel that offers conference facilities.
  • transitive v. To propose as payment; bid.
  • transitive v. To present as an act of worship: offer up prayers.
  • transitive v. To exhibit readiness or desire (to do something); volunteer: offered to carry the packages.
  • transitive v. To put up; mount: partisans who offered strong resistance to the invaders.
  • transitive v. To threaten: offered to leave without them if they didn't hurry.
  • transitive v. To produce or introduce on the stage: The repertory group is offering two new plays this season.
  • intransitive v. To present an offering in worship or devotion.
  • intransitive v. To make an offer or proposal, especially of marriage.
  • intransitive v. To present itself: "This plan was dropped, because of its risk, and because a better offered” ( T.E. Lawrence).
  • n. The act of offering: an offer of assistance.
  • n. Something, such as a suggestion, proposal, bid, or recommendation, that is offered.
  • n. Law A proposal that if accepted constitutes a legally binding contract.
  • n. The condition of being offered, especially for sale: thousands of bushels of wheat on offer.
  • n. An attempt; a try.
  • n. A show of intention.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. agent noun of off
  • n. A proposal that has been made.
  • n. Something put forth, bid, proffered or tendered.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To present (something) to God as a gesture of worship, or for a sacrifice.
  • v. To place (something) in a position where it can be added to an existing mechanical assembly.
  • v. To propose or express one's willingness (to do something).
  • v. To place at someone’s disposal; to present (something) to be either accepted or turned down.
  • v. To happen, to present itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To present, as an act of worship; to immolate; to sacrifice; to present in prayer or devotion; -- often with up.
  • transitive v. To bring to or before; to hold out to; to present for acceptance or rejection
  • transitive v. To present in words; to proffer; to make a proposal of; to suggest. With the infinitive as an objective: To make an offer; to declare one's willingness.
  • transitive v. To attempt; to undertake.
  • transitive v. To bid, as a price, reward, or wages
  • transitive v. To put in opposition to; to manifest in an offensive way; to threaten
  • intransitive v. To present itself; to be at hand.
  • intransitive v. To make an attempt; to make an essay or a trial; -- used with at.
  • n. The act of offering, bringing forward, proposing, or bidding; a proffer; a first advance.
  • n. That which is offered or brought forward; a proposal to be accepted or rejected; a sum offered; a bid.
  • n. Attempt; endeavor; essay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring or put forward; present to notice; hold out to notice or for acceptance; present: sometimes used reflexively.
  • To present for acceptance or rejection; tender or make tender of; hence, to bid or tender as a price: as, to offer ten dollars for a thing.
  • To present solemnly, or as an act of worship: often with up: as, to offer up a prayer; to offer sacrifices; hence, to sacrifice; immolate.
  • To expose for sale.
  • To propose to give or to do; proffer; volunteer; show a disposition or declare a willingness to do (something): as, to offer help; to offer battle.
  • To attempt to do; set about doing (something) to or against one; attempt; make a show of doing (something): as, to offer violence or resistance; to offer an insult.
  • Synonyms and Adduce, Allege, Assign, etc. (see adduce), exhibit, extend, hold out, furnish, give, propound, propose, show, move.
  • To present itself; come into view or be at hand: as, an opportunity now offers.
  • To present or make an offering; offer up prayer, thanks, etc.; present a eucharistic oblation.
  • To present one's self in order to pay court or respects; pay one's respects.
  • To act on the offensive; deal a blow.
  • n. The act of presenting to notice or for acceptance, or that which is brought forward or presented to notice or for acceptance; a proposal made and submitted: as, his offer of protection was declined; to receive an offer of marriage.
  • n. The act of bidding or proposing to give a price or to do for a price, or the sum bid; a tender or proposal to give or do something for a specified equivalent, or for something in return: as, no offer of less than a dollar will be received; he made an offer for the building of the bridge.
  • n. Attempt; endeavor; essay; show; pretense.
  • n. An offering; something presented by way of sacrifice or of acknowledgment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make available or accessible, provide or furnish
  • v. propose a payment
  • v. present as an act of worship
  • v. agree freely
  • v. produce or introduce on the stage
  • v. ask (someone) to marry you
  • v. put forward for consideration
  • v. make available; provide
  • n. a usually brief attempt
  • v. make available for sale
  • v. threaten to do something
  • v. mount or put up
  • n. something offered (as a proposal or bid)
  • v. present for acceptance or rejection
  • v. offer verbally
  • n. the verbal act of offering

Etymologies

Middle 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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
off +‎ -er (Wiktionary)
From Middle English offer, from Old French offre ("offer"), from offrir ("to offer"), from Latin offerō ("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. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English offren, offrien, from Old English offrian ("to offer, sacrifice, bring an oblation"), from Latin offerō ("to present, bestow, bring before", literally "to bring to"), from Latin ob + ferō ("bring, carry"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to carry, bear”), later reinforced by Old French offrir ("to offer"). Cognate with Old Frisian offria ("to offer"), Old Dutch offrōn ("to offer"), German opfern ("to offer"), Old Norse offra ("to offer"). More at ob-, bear. (Wiktionary)

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