What does offer mean?

Definitions for offer
ˈɔ fər, ˈɒf ərof·fer

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word offer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offer, offeringnoun

    the verbal act of offering

    "a generous offer of assistance"

  2. offer, offeringnoun

    something offered (as a proposal or bid)

    "noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds"

  3. crack, fling, go, pass, whirl, offerverb

    a usually brief attempt

    "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"

  4. offerverb

    make available or accessible, provide or furnish

    "The conference center offers a health spa"; "The hotel offers private meeting rooms"

  5. offer, profferverb

    present for acceptance or rejection

    "She offered us all a cold drink"

  6. volunteer, offerverb

    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"

  7. offerverb

    put forward for consideration

    "He offered his opinion"

  8. offer, extendverb

    offer verbally

    "extend my greetings"; "He offered his sympathy"

  9. offerverb

    make available for sale

    "The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week"

  10. offer, bid, tenderverb

    propose a payment

    "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"

  11. offerverb

    produce or introduce on the stage

    "The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month"

  12. offer, offer upverb

    present as an act of worship

    "offer prayers to the gods"

  13. put up, provide, offerverb

    mount or put up

    "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"

  14. extend, offerverb

    make available; provide

    "extend a loan"; "The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages"

  15. propose, declare oneself, offer, pop the questionverb

    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"

  16. offerverb

    threaten to do something

    "I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal"


  1. offernoun

    agent noun of off

  2. Etymology: From offren, offrien, from offrian, from offero, from ob + fero, from bʰer-, later reinforced by offrir. Cognate with offria, offron, opfern, offra. More at ob-, bear.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Offernoun

    Etymology: offre, Fr. from the verb.

    Some nymphs there are, too conscious of their face;
    These swell their prospects, and exalt their pride,
    When offers are disdain’d, and love deny’d. Alexander Pope.

    Force compels this offer,
    And it proceeds from policy, not love. ——
    —— Mowbray, you overween to take it so:
    This offer comes from mercy, not from fear. William Shakespeare.

    What wouldst beg, Laertes,
    That shall not be my offer, not thy asking? William Shakespeare.

    Th’ offers he doth make,
    Were not for him to give, nor them to take. Daniel.

    I enjoined all the ladies to tell the company, in case they had been in the siege and had the same offer made them as the good women of that place, what every one of them would have brought off with her, and have thought most worth the saving. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    It carries too great an imputation of ignorance, or folly, to quit and renounce former tenets upon the offer of an argument which cannot immediately be answered. John Locke.

    When stock is high, they come between,
    Making by second hand their offers;
    Then cunningly retire unseen,
    With each a million in his coffers. Jonathan Swift.

    Many motions, though they be unprofitable to expel that which hurteth, yet they are offers of nature, and cause motions by consent; as in groaning, or crying upon pain. Francis Bacon.

    It is in the power of every one to make some essay, some offer and attempt, so as to shew that the heart is not idle or insensible, but that it is full and big, and knows itself to be so, though it wants strength to bring forth. Robert South, Serm.

    One sees in it a kind of offer at modern architecture, but at the same time that the architect has shown his dislike of the gothic manner, one may see that they were not arrived at the knowledge of the true way. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Fair streams that do vouchsafe in your clearness to represent unto me my blubbered face, let the tribute offer of my tears procure your stay a while with me, that I may begin yet at last to find something that pities me. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

  2. To OFFERverb

    Etymology: offero, Lat. offrir, Fr.

    The heathen women under the Mogul, offer themselves to the flames at the death of their husbands. Collier.

    Some ideas forwardly offer themselves to all mens understandings; some sort of truths result from any idea, as soon as the mind puts them into propositions. John Locke.

    Servants placing happiness in strong drink, make court to my young master, by offering him that which they love. John Locke.

    They offered unto the Lord of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen. 2 Chron. xv. 11.

    He shall offer of it all the fat thereof. Lev. vii. 3.

    An holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices. 1 Pet. ii. 5.

    Whole herds of offer’d bulls about the fire,
    And bristled boars and woolly sheep expire. Dryden.

    When a man is called upon to offer up himself to his conscience, and to resign to justice and truth, he should be so far from avoiding the lists, that he should rather enter with inclination, and thank God for the honour. Collier.

    Nor shouldst thou offer all thy little store,
    Will rich Iolas yield, but offer more. Dryden.

    Lysimachus armed about three thousand men, and began first to offer violence. 2 Mac. iv. 40.

    In all that great extent wherein the mind wanders in remote speculations, it stirs not one jot beyond those ideas which sense or reflection have offered for its contemplation. John Locke.

    Our author offers no reason. John Locke.

  3. To Offerverb

    No thought can imagine a greater heart to see and contemn danger, where danger would offer to make any wrongful threatning upon him. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Th’ occasion offers, and the youth complies. Dryden.

    We came close to the shore, and offered to land. Francis Bacon.

    One offers, and in off’ring makes a stay;
    Another forward sets, and doth no more. Samuel Daniel, Civ. War.

    I would treat the pope and his cardinals roughly, if they offered to see my wife without my leave. Dryden.

    I will not offer at that I cannot master. Francis Bacon.

    I hope they will take it well that I should offer at a new thing, and could forbear presuming to meddle where any of the learned pens have ever touched before. John Graunt.

    Write down and make signs to him to pronounce them, and guide him by shewing him by the motion of your own lips to offer at one of those letters; which being the easiest, he will stumble upon one of them. William Holder.

    The masquerade succeeded so well with him, that he would be offering at the shepherd’s voice and call too. Roger L'Estrange.

    It contains the grounds of his doctrine, and offers at somewhat towards the disproof of mine. Francis Atterbury.

    Without offering at any other remedy, we hastily engaged in a war, which hath cost us sixty millions. Jonathan Swift.


  1. offer

    An offer is a proposal or expression of willingness to enter into an agreement, sell a product or service, or engage in an action under certain specified conditions, typically with the expectation of receiving something in return. It can be conditional and may be legally binding depending on the circumstances.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Offer

    of′ėr, v.t. to bring to or before: to hold out for acceptance or rejection: to make a proposal to: to lay before: to present to the mind: to attempt: to propose to give, as a price or service: to present in worship.—v.i. to present itself: to be at hand: to declare a willingness.—n. act of offering: first advance: that which is offered: proposal made.—adj. Off′erable, that may be offered.—ns. Off′erer; Off′ering, act of making an offer: that which is offered: a gift: (B.) that which is offered on an altar: a sacrifice: (pl.) in Church of England, certain dues payable at Easter; Off′ertory, act of offering, the thing offered: the verses or the anthem said or sung while the offerings of the congregation are being made and the celebrant is placing the unconsecrated elements on the altar: the money collected at a religious service: anciently a linen or silken cloth used in various ceremonies connected with the administration of the eucharist. [L. offerreob, towards, ferre, to bring.]

Editors Contribution

  1. offer

    To give an opportunity.

    They did offer the use of their house while they were on holidays.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 26, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. Offer

    Offer vs. Offering -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Offer and Offering.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. OFFER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Offer is ranked #35294 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Offer surname appeared 638 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Offer.

    57.2% or 365 total occurrences were White.
    35.7% or 228 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 18 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.6% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1008

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1576

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offer' in Nouns Frequency: #647

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offer' in Verbs Frequency: #70

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of offer in a Sentence

  1. Robin Chadha:

    But hotels will always be safer, offer more facilities and offer service, which apartments cannot.

  2. Chima Moneke:

    He was definitely very big-time in helping me get here, he gave me that offer, and I took the offer because it was the only offer I had.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    When you feel that life has nothing to offer you, then offer your greatness for the humanity.

  4. H.L. Mencken:

    All zoos actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    When you feel that life has nothing to offer you, then offer your greatness for the humanity. You will have nothing to lose but you will win and change the humanity.

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Translations for offer

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  • اقترح, عرArabic
  • предлага́мBulgarian
  • oferir, ofertaCatalan, Valencian
  • nabídka, nabídnoutCzech
  • udsætte, tilbud, udbud, tilbyde, udlove, bud, udbudsforretning, foreslåDanish
  • anbieten, Offerte, Angebot, Antrag, vorschlagen, VorschlagGerman
  • προσφορά, προσφέρομαι, πρόταση, προθυμοποιούμαι, προσφέρωGreek
  • oferta, ofrecerSpanish
  • tarjota, tarjous, ehdottaa, asettaa käyttöönFinnish
  • offre, offrirFrench
  • tairgse, tathainn, tairgScottish Gaelic
  • ajánlat, felajánl, indítványoz, kínál, ajánlHungarian
  • tawaran, PenawaranIndonesian
  • offerta, offrireItalian
  • 申し出る, 提供, 提議, 建議Japanese
  • 제의하다Korean
  • offerōLatin
  • piedāvājumsLatvian
  • bud, anbud, tilbudNorwegian
  • aanbieding, voorstel, indienen, presenteren, bod, vertonen, aanbod, aanzoek, voorstellen, aanbiedenDutch
  • tilbod, bod, anbodNorwegian Nynorsk
  • forslag, tilby, foreslåNorwegian
  • propozycja, oferta, proponować, oferować, zaproponowaćPolish
  • proposta, oferecer, ofertaPortuguese
  • ofrir, offerta, offrir, offerir, offereirRomansh
  • oferiRomanian
  • предложение, предлагать, предложить, предоставлять, предоставитьRussian
  • oferri, oferriri, oferrereSardinian
  • предложити, предлог, понуда, понудитиSerbo-Croatian
  • predlog, ponudba, ponuditi, predlagatiSlovene
  • bud, offert, erbjuda, erbjudandeSwedish
  • ఆఫర్Telugu
  • öneri, teklif, sunu, önermek, teklif etmek, arz, sunmakTurkish
  • пропозиціяUkrainian
  • phục vụVietnamese

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