offer

You make an offer when you present your willingness to do something. People selling a house wait for the best offer.

One person offers something, and another person accepts or rejects it. It's polite to offer guests something to drink and to offer a friend some space under your umbrella. A marriage proposal is a type of offer. A threat of violence is "an offer you can't refuse" in The Godfather. This word can mean a religious act as well, or — more grossly — the kind of offering a cat makes when it offers a dead mouse to its owner.

Primary Meanings of offer

1.
vn
present for acceptance or rejection
the verbal act of offering
2.
v
make available or accessible, provide or furnish
3.
v
present as an act of worship
4.
v
mount or put up
5.
n
a usually brief attempt
Full Definitions of offer
1

v present for acceptance or rejection

“She offered us all a cold drink”
Synonyms:
proffer
Types:
give
proffer (a body part)
tender
make a tender of; in legal settlements
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v put forward for consideration

“He offered his opinion”
Type of:
project, propose
present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.

v offer verbally

“He offered his sympathy”
Synonyms:
extend
extend
make available; provide
Type of:
give, pay
convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow

v ask (someone) to marry you

Synonyms:
declare oneself, pop the question, propose
Type of:
request
ask (a person) to do something

v threaten to do something

“I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal”
Type of:
threaten
to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"

v agree freely

“I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it”
Synonyms:
volunteer
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v propose a payment

“The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting”
Synonyms:
bid, tender
Types:
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by-bid
bid on behalf of someone else
subscribe
offer to buy, as of stocks and shares
overbid
bid more than the object is worth
underbid
bid too low
outbid
bid higher than others
underbid
bid lower than a competing bidder

v produce or introduce on the stage

“The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month”
Type of:
bring on, bring out, produce
bring onto the market or release

n the verbal act of offering

“a generous offer of assistance”
Synonyms:
offering
Type of:
speech act
the use of language to perform some act

n something offered (as a proposal or bid)

Synonyms:
offering
Types:
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contract offer
offer by an employer to contract to pay an employee at a given rate
marriage offer, marriage proposal, proposal, proposal of marriage
an offer of marriage
proposition
an offer for a private bargain (especially a request for sexual favors)
counteroffer
an offer made by someone who has rejected a prior offer
bid, tender
a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
prospectus
a formal written offer to sell securities (filed with the SEC) that sets forth a plan for a (proposed) business enterprise
tender offer
an offer to buy shares in a corporation (usually above the market price) for cash or securities or both
reward
the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
rights issue, rights offering
an offering of common stock to existing shareholders who hold subscription rights or pre-emptive rights that entitle them to buy newly issued shares at a discount from the price at which they will be offered to the public later
special
a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
olive branch, peace offering
something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining peace
twofer
an offer of two for the price of one
takeover bid
an offer to buy shares in order to take over the company
question
an informal reference to a marriage proposal
overbid
a bid that is higher than preceding bids
buyout bid
a bid to buy all of a person's holdings
price
a monetary reward for helping to catch a criminal
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about
2

v make available or accessible, provide or furnish

“The conference center offers a health spa”
“The hotel offers private meeting rooms”
Types:
accost, hook, solicit
approach with an offer of sexual favors
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v make available; provide

“The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages”
Synonyms:
extend
extend
offer verbally
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v make available for sale

“The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week”
Types:
put up
make available for sale at an auction
Type of:
market
engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of
3

v present as an act of worship

offer prayers to the gods”
Synonyms:
offer up
Types:
sacrifice
make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
immolate
offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction
Type of:
worship
attend religious services
4

v mount or put up

offer resistance”
Synonyms:
provide, put up
Type of:
engage, wage
carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
5

n a usually brief attempt

Synonyms:
crack, fling, go, pass, whirl
Type of:
attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

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