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(1)   A usually brief attempt
"He took a crack at it"
"I gave it a whirl"
(2)   Something offered (as a proposal or bid)
"Noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds"
(3)   The verbal act of offering
"A generous offer of assistance"


(4)   Put forward for consideration
"He offered his opinion"
(5)   Threaten to do something
"I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal"
(6)   Produce or introduce on the stage
"The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month"
(7)   Make available or accessible, provide or furnish
"The conference center offers a health spa"
"The hotel offers private meeting rooms"
(8)   Present for acceptance or rejection
"She offered us all a cold drink"
(9)   Make available for sale
"The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week"
(10)   Offer verbally
"Extend my greetings"
"He offered his sympathy"
(11)   Propose a payment
"The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"
(12)   Mount or put up
"Put up a good fight"
"Offer resistance"
(13)   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"
(14)   Present as an act of worship
"Offer prayers to the gods"

Etymology 1

From , from .


  1. A proposal that has been made.
    What's in his offer?
  2. Something put forth, bid, proffered or tendered.
    His offer was $3.50 per share.
  3. 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.
    His first letter was not a real offer, but an attempt to determine interest.


  1. To propose something.
    She offered to help with her homework.
  2. To place at one’s disposal.
    He offered use of his car for the week.
  3. To proffer.
    He offered his good will for the Councilman's vote.

Usage notes
  • This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs


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