Definition of offer in English:



  • 1[with two objects] Present or proffer (something) for (someone) to accept or reject as so desired.

    ‘may I offer you a drink?’
    • ‘After hearing her voice, he immediately offered her the duet.’
    • ‘One of the most ambitious tuition assistance programs is offered by UPS, which offers part-time employees up to $3,000 a year toward college tuition and fees.’
    • ‘Darbar's boss, kindly offered us complimentary tea after our meal.’
    • ‘Anusila offered sweets to all present and Chatterjee couldn't resist his temptation to pick up a sandesh.’
    • ‘A kindly Asian woman offered me some toxic-looking chicken curry for half price as I wandered by.’
    • ‘If she passed the interview, she was to be offered the first available position as a police officer.’
    • ‘The boy-leader caught the urgency in his voice and offered me his hand, to help me down from the trailer.’
    • ‘When he dies, he is greeted by a voice that offers him rebirth in sundry universes.’
    • ‘The Castries Heritage Tour presented by Solar Tours offers visitors a chance to explore the city.’
    • ‘However, having no money, he steals a set of silverware from a kindly bishop who offers him hospitality.’
    • ‘Those with the most points are deemed most in need, and suitable properties that become available are offered to them.’
    • ‘He said he hoped the people to whom the appeal's cash was offered would accept hand-outs in the spirit in which they were meant.’
    • ‘They were both accepted by Cornell which offered them teaching assistantships.’
    • ‘Sensing my fatigue, Harry kindly offered me his guest bedroom for a welcomed nap.’
    • ‘It just said I was being considered and would I accept it if they offered it me.’
    • ‘Villepin's plan also includes penalties for unemployed people who do not accept the jobs they are offered.’
    • ‘Employees have also rejected the severance payment offered by the new company to 1,000 workers who will be laid off.’
    • ‘At present, most schools offer bursaries to children talented in music, sport or the arts.’
    • ‘Though Lance had often visited them, offering them jobs and new homes, they refused his presence.’
    • ‘The school has kindly offered us a temporary facility which the club is still using after five years.’
    bid, tender, put in a bid of, put in an offer of
    provide, put forward, give, proffer, present, extend, suggest, recommend, propose, propound, advance, submit, tender, render, come up with
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    1. 1.1[reporting verb]Express readiness or the intention to do something for or on behalf of someone.
      [with infinitive] ‘he offered to fix the gate’
      [with direct speech] ‘“Can I help you, dear?” a kindly voice offered’
      • ‘A fitness centre member who is a professional photographer has also kindly offered to take two portrait photos as raffle prizes.’
      • ‘This act reminds me of a kindly uncle who offers to read the children a bedtime story, and chooses Dracula.’
      • ‘By the afternoon, she was too tired to walk on her own any longer and Yuuhi kindly offered to carry her on his back.’
      • ‘They had kindly offered to pay for my driving lessons and my test.’
      • ‘If they ever offered to fix my dripping kitchen tap, they'd be welcome.’
      • ‘He kindly offered to give them a lift to the harbour, although he was slightly displeased when he realised how much luggage there was going to be.’
      • ‘He kindly offered to change a couple of the words from the original transcript for greater clarity.’
      • ‘Charlie arched an inquisitive eyebrow at her new friend who had so kindly offered to drive her home.’
      • ‘She showed a very interesting video on security and very kindly offered to help anyone with advice on security in the home.’
      • ‘After explaining her situation to this beautiful stranger he kindly offered to drive her back into town where she'd be able to get a new chain fitted.’
      • ‘Why did Ernest offer to fix the plane free of charge after not receiving payment for the first job?’
      • ‘The guy beside me very kindly offered to swap with me when this giant came and sat in front of me!’
      • ‘Lucia, the beauty therapist, told me to apply the different mud treatments by myself, although she kindly offered to do my back.’
      • ‘Two men driving a blue Transit van with ladders on its roof called to the home of the elderly couple offering to fix their guttering.’
      • ‘After demolishing theirs, it became apparent that ours was in a perilous condition and he very kindly offered to help remedy the situation.’
      • ‘In an instant, a towing company arrived and offered to fix the problem and pull the boat off the shoal.’
      • ‘He kindly offered to wait for me to finish my act and give me a lift.’
      • ‘Even though he was in the middle of his A level revision he kindly offered to make the trip north to assist me.’
      • ‘In July the company mailed recall letters offering to fix any defects for free.’
      • ‘Barbara had some friends in construction and she offered to have them fix the damage, but the company said no.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Make available for sale.
      ‘the product is offered at a very competitive price’
      • ‘The menus presented offered a tempting feast of gourmet food, and that was just the starters.’
      • ‘E4 is also offering regional advertising opportunities for Irish companies.’
      • ‘TMA tends to pinpoint specific routes where it thinks it can make money, and then offers flights on those routes.’
      • ‘It currently operates over 400 flights per week and offers scheduled services to and from Farranfore.’
      • ‘Internet Service Providers offer similar services for internal or hosted content.’
      • ‘The roadsides are crowded with vendors offering a bewildering range of foods, textiles and other goods.’
      • ‘Still, in the run-up to Christmas it can be useful to be offered unsolicited products for sale.’
      • ‘The sofas are being offered for sale in supermarket car parks and on motorway service stations.’
      • ‘Flying time is seven hours and there's a slew of world-class airlines battling it out to offer the cheapest fares.’
      • ‘Nallatech offers the highest performance-density available on the market today.’
      • ‘The new owners of the Malmesbury gym are attempting to offer the complete healthy living centre.’
      • ‘The presentation showed plans to offer a full range of convenience store products, some fresh produce, and an off licence.’
      • ‘He also plans to make inroads by offering discount medical insurance products to small businesses.’
      • ‘The business and the property are being offered for sale separately.’
      • ‘Delta is now offering special sale fares from the United States to St Lucia.’
      • ‘The remaining 25 per cent of the company's shares will be offered for sale on the stock exchange.’
      • ‘It offered the finest decor available when it opened in 1977 and has changed little since.’
      • ‘The aircraft carrier HMS Invincible was even offered for sale to Argentina.’
      • ‘Refreshments will be available, and plants will be offered for sale.’
      • ‘There are individuals who offer healing at an affordable fee.’
    3. 1.3[with object]Provide (access or an opportunity)
      ‘the highway offers easy access to the public beaches’
      ‘a good understanding of what a particular career can offer’
      • ‘No other nation in the world offers such easy access to its complete academic research output in digital form, the researchers claim.’
      • ‘We will also be offering opportunities for further career training for some of the young people.’
      • ‘It also offered easy access to Macedonian lands, which were not part of the new Bulgarian state.’
      • ‘Shopping online is great for accessing a global marketplace and offers the opportunity of sourcing bargains.’
      • ‘Other new markets, particularly India, are offering excellent opportunities for the mutual firm.’
      • ‘The club offers access to the two darkrooms on campus and provides material for film developing and printing.’
      • ‘Digitization offered new opportunities to providing access to these collections.’
      • ‘It is a highly rewarding career, offering unlimited opportunities but requires a high degree of commitment, dedication and hard work.’
      • ‘The corporate voice portal market offers real opportunity to service providers.’
      • ‘Books, and now the Net, offer easy access to a goldmine of information.’
      • ‘He said it was an attractive site because it offered easy access to the motorway network, and there was also the potential to gain European funding.’
      • ‘Tourism in particular offers huge opportunities in the short-term.’
      • ‘The site offers easy access to over 6000 holiday homes of all shapes, sizes and prices worldwide.’
      • ‘The open global economy offers opportunity, creativity and wealth.’
      • ‘It offers easy access via various land and air routes.’
      • ‘The economic slow down actually offers an opportunity to re-assess and reformulate the structure of mass transit investment.’
      • ‘The work itself is expected to be routine, not offering much opportunity for career growth.’
      • ‘Web based learning offers huge opportunities for learning and access to a vast amount of knowledge and information.’
      • ‘It may allow you to develop a particular skill that offers unlimited opportunity.’
      • ‘This offers an opportunity to provide a good range of child care and gives the wider community a range of other services.’
    4. 1.4[with object]Present (a prayer or sacrifice) to a deity.
      ‘villagers have gone to offer prayers for the souls of the sailors’
      • ‘There have been so many prayers and messages offered on my behalf.’
      • ‘If you don't want to lose something unexpectedly, offer something up to begin with.’
      • ‘He said there was a feeling that fishing in the region had been offered up as a sacrificial lamb.’
      • ‘When faced with an uncomfortable situation and/or feeling, I can make a sacrifice of that situation or feeling, to offer it up to my Gods, in order to make it bearable.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the patients were unaware that prayers were being offered on their behalf.’
      • ‘And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a sacrifice in place of his son.’
      • ‘Everyone has his or her sacred cow; the test of clear thinking is the ability to offer it up for sacrifice when a larger principle is at stake.’
      • ‘On the next day when he offered the prayer they all offered it up with him and it was again talked about on the following morning.’
      • ‘If our prayer is offered up in full faith, we are assured, that it will be efficacious.’
      • ‘In order to calm a sea monster that hid on the bottom of the sea, a girl was offered up as a sacrifice each year.’
    5. 1.5[with object]Make an attempt at or show one's readiness for (violence or resistance)
      ‘he had to offer some resistance to her tirade’
      • ‘The Iraqi army disintegrated before the onslaught, offering only token resistance.’
      • ‘Martinique offered only token resistance when attacked in 1762.’
      • ‘Rosenborg should, on the face of it, offer little resistance to Madrid's progress to the quarter-finals.’
      • ‘He would still attack Bradford, but would now only seek to slaughter those who offered real armed resistance.’
      • ‘This revealed that the Americans had greatly overestimated the Iraqi army, which virtually disintegrated, offering only token resistance.’
      • ‘In the gorge the remnants of the Taliban lines offered little resistance.’
      • ‘What resistance can be offered to tyranny where each individual is weak…?’
      • ‘What resistance, you will be wondering, was offered by the native population of our islands?’
      • ‘Bash cursed in pain but didn't offer any more resistance as Speedy led him the rest of the way downstairs to the entrance.’
      • ‘Anyone who offered any resistance was brutally dealt with, and his son would soon show the same ruthlessness.’
      • ‘Iraqi tanks came under withering fire, and Iraqi troops once again offered little resistance.’
      • ‘Clydebank are doomed, but they clearly do not intend to lie down and accept their fate without offering some resistance.’
      • ‘Croatia had offered spirited resistance then but not much going forward.’
      • ‘I didn't offer up much resistance, and sat down on a bench opposite a bunch of tulips.’
      • ‘The enormous fish, which measured nearly 2m in length, strangely offered little resistance and was hauled up to the boat.’
    6. 1.6archaic [with object]Give an opportunity for (battle) to an enemy.
      ‘Darius was about to meet him and to offer battle’
      • ‘James, refusing the advice of his senior staff to withdraw to the Shannon, offered William battle.’


  • 1An expression of readiness to do or give something if desired.

    [with infinitive] ‘he had accepted Mallory's offer to buy him a drink’
    ‘a job offer’
    • ‘People have been sending me kind offers of help, but frankly I'm still overwhelmed.’
    • ‘In fact, the defendants never gave the plaintiff any written offer of employment.’
    • ‘At present this information is found out by would-be purchasers after their offer to buy a home has been accepted.’
    • ‘Many of the rest accepted the offer of amnesty offered to those who surrendered within twenty-four hours.’
    • ‘Any offers of food, money, or dvds will be greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘The government must have been sorely tempted by offers of lavish U.S. aid.’
    • ‘He declined an offer to rejoin the job and wear the alternative badge.’
    • ‘He thought about it, but he wanted to go into geology and already had a job offer with oil firms.’
    • ‘His offers of assistance have been generous and more than we could ever expect.’
    • ‘You can make an offer to buy but the seller can accept or refuse the offer.’
    • ‘She believed the offer of a good job she had secured would be withdrawn in the subsequent economic downturn.’
    • ‘The defendants made one offer which was withdrawn.’
    • ‘A simple apology and an offer of help for my son would have sufficed.’
    • ‘Since being noticed on the show and receiving two Golden Globes he has received numerous lucrative job offers.’
    • ‘Imagine as well that he had been chosen for the job and had accepted the offer to be the candidate's running mate.’
    • ‘There was no offer of employment at the end of the training period.’
    • ‘Boland's apology and offer of help were the only ones she had received.’
    • ‘The government has a reconciliation program that offers amnesty and jobs.’
    • ‘But such was my desire to make myself look more attractive I accepted her offer.’
    • ‘She is holding out accepting the job offer to see if she likes it.’
    • ‘We should be telling them to do the job, with an offer of U.S. logistical help.’
    proposal, proposition, suggestion, submission, approach, overture
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    1. 1.1An amount of money that someone is willing to pay for something.
      ‘the prospective purchaser who made the highest offer’
      • ‘And now they can't possibly refuse his immensely generous offer.’
      • ‘The current salary offers are among the lowest in the current wage round.’
      • ‘The agent is seeking offers in the region of £960,000 for the properties.’
      • ‘The current offer would not see drivers lose any money despite the reduced hours.’
      • ‘The selling agent is seeking offers in the region of £2.3 million for the entire portfolio.’
      • ‘The apartment comes with designated parking and the agents are seeking offers in excess of €290,000.’
      • ‘How long would it be before both offers amounted to the same cumulative total?’
      • ‘Though several colas showed interest, the most attractive offer came from British Telecom.’
      • ‘No one is revealing the exact amount of the offers, but rumours suggest that they are around $500,000.’
      • ‘A less attractive offer would likely be made this time around, they said.’
    2. 1.2A specially reduced price or terms for something on sale.
      ‘the offer runs right up until Christmas Eve’
      • ‘Increased competition between the three mobile operators has led to greater prices and special offers in recent years.’
      • ‘But keep your eyes peeled for special offers throughout the year.’
      • ‘So it's no surprise to see every major player in the market touting special offers.’
      • ‘Aer Lingus discount flight offers do not include taxes and charges.’
      • ‘The figures were for regular shelf prices, with special offers excluded.’
      • ‘Price differences can also occur due to special offers or different launch schedules of new handsets.’
      • ‘He has also come up with a number of innovative price offers.’
      • ‘It will also be running special promotional offers, including free gifts along with the purchases at the showroom.’
      • ‘Not everyone gets to see and buy a whole range of home appliances, all under one roof, with special offers and major discounts.’
      • ‘You can either try to get a discount flight or you can view their special offers, either way you will end up with a good deal.’
      • ‘Gibb was reduced to selling his designs through special offers in magazines.’
      • ‘Special offers include three nights, dinner, bed and breakfast for 99 per person.’
      • ‘Slow summer bookings have prompted offers of 1970s prices for package holidays.’
      • ‘A special introductory offer is available at the moment.’
      • ‘In fact, bargain fare offers are one of the few real plusses from rail privatisation.’
      • ‘Special offers, year-end discounts and Christmas goodies tempt even the thriftiest customer.’
      • ‘Then the restaurant ran a series of special offers.’
      • ‘This is why it's best to stick with student nights that have plenty of money saving offers.’
      • ‘The official deadline for fans to take advantage of the discount offer before prices are hiked up is Sunday.’
      • ‘Sales are slowing for notebooks, despite a frenzy of vendor price cuts, rebates, freebies and special offers.’
    3. 1.3A proposal of marriage.
      • ‘And, can you imagine, she has barely been out two months and has already had two offers of marriage.’
      • ‘Escape from this scenario comes in the offer of marriage from a ship's mechanic she has been dating.’
      • ‘A marriage contract requires an offer and acceptance before witnesses.’
      • ‘She refused all offers of marriage.’
      • ‘How many offers of marriage and just sailing off into the sunset had she received, yet she couldn't just up and leave her family.’
      • ‘But despite turning down two offers of marriage, I have few regrets.’
      • ‘As for the offer of marriage, I would not say that I was tempted.’
      • ‘The story concerns two cousins, Laura and Janette, who consider two offers of marriage extended to Laura.’
      • ‘He returned her love, providing her with a step up socially by his offer of marriage.’
      • ‘Ultimately she returned to Hatfield, kept her head down, attended mass regularly, and refused all offers of marriage.’
      • ‘Her bold actions have elevated her to the status of national hero and prompted thousands of offers of marriage.’
      • ‘The association called on the police to vigorously enforce laws related to abduction regardless of offers of marriage.’
      • ‘The true stakes of courtship put young men making offers of marriage at the mercy of the women they wooed.’
      • ‘Had she not chosen the path of abstinence like her father had, she might of taken his offer of marriage.’
      • ‘She received two offers of marriage and another wish from a man keen to get the her genes in the family.’
      • ‘But his good looks provoked such a flow of fan mail including offers of marriage that he just had to go.’
      • ‘Even his final offer of marriage to Isabella becomes a demonstration of brutal authority.’
      • ‘While the woman whines, Mr. Collins comes in and takes back his offer of marriage.’
      • ‘So he sighed and resigned himself to signing many autographs and tactfully declining many offers of marriage.’


  • have something to offer

    • Have something available to be used or appreciated.

      • ‘I feel I still have a lot to offer: my mind is still as sharp as ever, plus I have this amazing self-belief and determination that I wished I had when I was younger.’
      • ‘Many people do not go to museums because they have an image of them being boring, but in fact they have lots to offer.’
      • ‘Amazingly the city, while not having a lot to offer, was just how I remembered it.’
      • ‘I know the problems, but I have no solutions to offer.’
      • ‘We may not be as educated or experienced as our teachers or parents or politicians, but we have lots to offer.’
      • ‘Tony is doing a brilliant job, and both Mike and Peter have lots to offer, so why they don't tap into their expertise beats me.’
      • ‘‘The people themselves are open-minded, and have a lot to offer,’ he says.’
      • ‘Asylum seekers have a lot to offer if only they are allowed to.’
      • ‘Other palazzos too have marvellous things to offer but the Palazzo Fortuny is said to be the best of the lot.’
      • ‘More often than not, writers have no solution to offer: either the problems are too complex or else another issue suddenly looms and off they go explaining that.’
  • offer one's hand

    • Extend one's hand to be shaken as a sign of friendship.

      • ‘I offered my hand and the man shook it gladly, smiling brightly up at me.’
      • ‘‘Mr. Harris, it is such an honor to see you at last,’ the man says and offers his hand as Tom enters the room.’
      • ‘‘Hello Mr. and Mrs. Parker,’ Will said offering his hand to shake.’
      • ‘‘Hello, you must be April,’ the father said, smiling as he stepped forward, offering his hand for a shake.’
      • ‘‘It was nice meeting you,’ I offered my hand, which he shook after a few seconds.’
      • ‘She offers her hand, which he takes lightly in his own.’
      • ‘Cameron walks over to her and she stands up and offers her hand.’
      • ‘Javilen leans over and offers his hand to Vecter who, still bitter, ignores the offer and salutes… ‘Sir!’’
      • ‘Before I knew it I was walking over to her and offering my hand for her to shake.’
      • ‘At the end of the session we bowed, as everyone does, and he offered his hand for me to shake, which I did.’
  • on offer

    • Available.

      ‘the number of permanent jobs on offer is relatively small’
      • ‘In Britain it is a few hundred pounds and that can be quickly withdrawn if you don't accept one of the jobs on offer.’
      • ‘All the other usual prizes will again be on offer as well as some seasonal prizes.’
      • ‘Brendan said that he would like to invite new members to come and see the facilities on offer.’
      • ‘Why not enter your canine companion in the dog show and be in with a chance to win one of the many prizes on offer.’
      • ‘The event organised by the Department of Tourism had the right mix of fare on offer.’
      • ‘Across the way, a handful of tourists examine the wares on offer in a souvenir shop.’
      • ‘All welcome to come and view the activities and premises on offer or to book a place for your child.’
      • ‘Most of the starters are vegetarian and there are also fish and chicken dishes on offer.’
      • ‘Spot prizes will be on offer at the function and the organisers appeal for support.’
      • ‘He and the other sporting figures will tell young people about the wealth of jobs on offer in sport.’
  • open to offers

    • Willing to sell something or do a job for a reasonable price.

      • ‘The pilots have officially declared themselves open to offers by advertising their services in the international maritime press.’
      • ‘It is open to offers and no official bids have been made to date.’
      • ‘It may suit families trading up and the auctioneers are open to offers in the region of 350000.’
      • ‘Mind you, if anyone wants to buy the rights to the name of my Automania column, I am open to offers.’
      • ‘He is open to offers and given the composed manner of his two performances prior to last night's goal, he should get some.’
      • ‘It suggests one of Australia's longest-serving bank executives is still open to offers.’
      • ‘It's been on the market for a while now so we are open to offers.’
      • ‘The agents say they are open to offers but would expect the entire site to achieve a price in the region of £7 million.’
      • ‘Some developers do not formally cut prices or give incentives, but are open to offers.’
      • ‘The team is open to offers this spring but probably won't listen once the season begins.’


Old English offrian sacrifice (something) to a deity of Germanic origin, from Latin offerre bestow, present (in ecclesiastical Latin offer to God), reinforced by French offrir (which continued to express the primary sense). The noun ( late Middle English) is from French offre.