Definition of offering in English:



  • 1A thing offered, especially as a gift or contribution.

    ‘everyone transported their offerings to the bring-and-buy stall’
    • ‘Turkey, in particular, had a heavy presence at the show, with each exhibitor presenting offerings in disparate areas.’
    • ‘Two years ago, the dot-com industry began to implode, along with their freebie offerings.’
    • ‘She came to be known as Khir Bhawani or Ragyna Bhagwati as her favourite offerings consist of rice cooked in milk and sugar, and all other vegetarian forms of diet.’
    • ‘Today's offering may be a little less edited than usual however.’
    • ‘‘But it is important to provide a good selection of vegetarian food, and I don't just mean a token offering,’ added Tina.’
    • ‘This is a boon for those who can follow a recipe but would like to know how to present the final offering.’
    • ‘A small amount of money offerings are collected to aid in the preparation of the funeral.’
    • ‘Richie's latest peace offering to Tony only manages to add fuel to the fire.’
    • ‘Dora's initial answer places her parents in a balanced gift economy, in which her father's offerings satisfy her mother's desires.’
    • ‘There is, for example, little to differentiate their offerings from the competition.’
    • ‘Anyone and everyone is invited to submit a picture of themselves and these offerings are then rated on a scale from one to 10.’
    • ‘Inevitably, there are donuts or other sugared offerings present.’
    • ‘As a great fan of porridge, I was looking forward to judging the offerings.’
    • ‘Mueck's newest offerings were simply presented on white wooden plinths.’
    • ‘Santa Claus does somehow manage to find his way to us but his offerings always take on the flavour of the nearest gift shop.’
    • ‘Surely Hawkins's contribution to the corpus will stand as one of the offerings most deserving of the laurel wreath the poet himself desired.’
    contribution, donation, benefaction, gift, present, handout, widow's mite, subscription
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    1. 1.1 A thing produced for entertainment or sale.
      ‘the latest offerings from the garage showrooms’
      • ‘‘Low carb has made a major impact on our present and future offerings,’ she says.’
      • ‘On the first day of the offering there was negligible subscription from the market.’
      • ‘And for those of us jaded by too many over-packaged seasonal movie offerings, he's a Christmas gift that just keeps on giving.’
      • ‘Other commercial galleries in Wynwood are presenting a range of offerings.’
      • ‘The gift shop's offerings bear silent witness to a half century of American scientific discovery.’
      • ‘Even if gift items are not a part of the usual shop offerings, framers should consider adding some now.’
      • ‘During his tenure, he has started and commercialized several product offerings.’
      • ‘The commercial offerings are very impressive, but tend to have a price tag to match.’
      • ‘Once broadband customers are on board, the company plans to sell them a host of offerings, from entertainment downloads to its online personals.’
      • ‘Inside, customers are presented with an eclectic offering of well designed, objects ranging from bars of soap to sofas and beds.’
      • ‘Allow insurers to expand their product offerings to include group insurance, health and pension plans.’
      • ‘The laugh a minute guys present this weeks tedious offerings of up to date music listened to by the nation.’
      • ‘They must be quick to bring new and differentiated product offerings to market.’
      • ‘The range has been enlarged to increase commercial customer product offerings, increase unit sales and raise profitability.’
      • ‘Well, it's a Paramount disc, and all the things that usually come with the studio's offerings are present here.’
      • ‘These new mobile entertainment offerings are based on the consumers' desire to take the TV out of the living room and enjoy it on the go.’
      • ‘Detailed information about its fleet, in flight dining and entertainment, and duty-free offerings are available on the website.’
      • ‘I managed to take in some of the wonderful entertainment offerings in the cosmopolitan city!’
      • ‘Creative has added music production to its range of sound card offerings.’
      • ‘Product offerings ranged from stocking rustic wood samples to manufacturing 23-karat ornate gold frames.’
    2. 1.2 A contribution, especially of money, to a Church.
      ‘offerings during Lent will always be gratefully received’
      • ‘Conflict shows itself in the spouse who resents increasing the tithe the family makes to the church or becomes upset when asked to make a special offering.’
      • ‘It is indicated in the fact only about 25% of Christian tithe and give thanksgiving offerings to God.’
      • ‘It exploits the good intentions and generosity of Church members whose Sunday offerings are used in this selfish and disproportionate way.’
      • ‘At the same time bible-based cults may ridicule churches that take up free-will offerings by passing collection plates and/or sell literature and tapes.’
      • ‘The church takes offerings, but it doesn't offer much guidance on where the money goes after it hits the collection plate.’
      • ‘Stewardship is more than making offerings at church.’
      • ‘The special mass was enhanced by a performance by a choir of over 30 present pupils, while a number of past pupils offered gifts, prayers and offerings.’
      • ‘In the first part, we are invited to make our offering of money for the work of the church.’
      • ‘The organizers must foot that bill with their churches' tithes and offerings.’
      • ‘Depositing intact means not allowing cash in the offering to be used for the payment of church expenses or to be exchanged for other cash or a check.’
      • ‘In the old days, servants would be given time-off and worshippers would present offerings to their Mother Church.’
      • ‘Representatives of the congregation bring the people's offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant.’
      • ‘We were giving out allowances and we always give it to them in change, so they can take their offering to church.’
      • ‘If you are a church member, how do you know that your tithes and offerings are being used wisely?’
      • ‘On Il'ia's day, in many parts of Russia, propitiatory offerings were brought to church.’
      • ‘Anything that is given to the church was a freewill offering - ranging from 0% upwards.’
      • ‘Some can charge admission for an event, even in church, while others rely on freewill offerings only and trust in the Lord's blessing.’
      • ‘It appears that removing cash from offerings and church fund-raisers by a pastor was a technique-of-choice in both of these cases.’
      • ‘Cost for the dinner is a free-will offering along with the donation of one canned food item.’
      • ‘The priests would not accept Roman money for offerings, and the money exchangers gave rates at their own whim.’
      offertory, tithe
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    3. 1.3 A thing offered as a religious sacrifice or token of devotion.
      ‘the Buddhist ritual for offerings to the dead’
      • ‘Spices were used as incense for the sacrificial offerings, which in our time is represented by Tefillah, prayer.’
      • ‘An offering of libation and sacrifices accompanies communication with the deceased at the gravesite.’
      • ‘Along with animal sacrifices, and offerings from other crops, libations of wine were poured out to the gods by Italians and Greeks.’
      • ‘Often, they leave behind fresh fruit and flowers, and some even burn paper money and other offerings to the souls of their ancestors.’
      • ‘On the day they burn special ‘money’ as an offering to the deceased.’
      • ‘Observing the flames of ritual fire offerings is also a form of divination.’
      • ‘In the morning, families prepare food and offerings to be presented to the monks the next day, New Years Day.’
      • ‘Kumar notes that the Yajur Veda describes the preparation of rice cakes as a ritual offering.’
      • ‘As in India, pilgrimages are for rich and poor, whoever is willing to make offerings and sacrifice.’
      • ‘The psalmist had adapted this picture to refer to the spiritual offerings of prayer, praise and proclamation.’
      • ‘Their demeanour indicated that they had not come to honour Manat or to leave a token offering.’
      • ‘Farmers present offerings and gifts to the deities for a successful harvest season and pray for bumper crops in the next.’
      • ‘They give donations to the sadhus - regarded as offerings to the gods - and get their blessing in return.’
      • ‘They are also attracted by the religious offerings of the Hindus in temples and try to emulate them.’
      • ‘The figures were also created as ritual offerings to the gods during weddings and festivals.’
      • ‘Those rituals involved animal sacrifice and blood offerings to Mother Earth.’
      • ‘Sacrifices and offerings are made to it and to the graves of male ancestors.’
      • ‘The festival lasts ten days, with numerous rituals and offerings to the gods.’
      • ‘The Celts built bonfires and fired animals as sacrificial offerings to their death god.’
      • ‘The villagers support their monks with food, gifts, and offerings to Buddha.’
      sacrifice, oblation, burnt offering, peace offering, thank-offering, immolation, libation, first fruits, tribute, dedication
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