I. verb (offered; offering) Etymology: Middle English offren, in sense 1, from Old English offrian, from Late Latin offerre, from Latin, to present, tender, from ob- toward + ferre to carry; in other senses, from Anglo-French offrir, from Latin offerre — more at bear Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to present as an act of worship or devotion ; sacrifice b. to utter (as a prayer) in devotion 2. a. to present for acceptance or rejection ; tender <
was offered a job
b. to present in order to satisfy a requirement <
candidates for degrees may offer French as one of their foreign languages
3. a. propose, suggest <
offer a solution to a problem
b. to declare one's readiness or willingness <
offered to help me
4. a. to try or begin to exert ; put up <
offered stubborn resistance
b. threaten <
offered to strike him with his cane
5. to make available ; afford; especially to place (merchandise) on sale 6. to present in performance or exhibition 7. to propose as payment ; bid intransitive verb 1. to present something as an act of worship or devotion ; sacrifice 2. archaic to make an attempt 3. to present itself 4. to make a proposal (as of marriage) II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. a presenting of something for acceptance <
considering job offers from several firms
an offer of marriage
b. an undertaking to do an act or give something on condition that the party to whom the proposal is made do some specified act or make a return promise 2. obsolete offering 3. a price named by one proposing to buy ; bid 4. a. attempt, try b. an action or movement indicating a purpose or intention

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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