offering

[aw-fer-ing, of-er-]
noun
1.
something offered in worship or devotion, as to a deity; an oblation or sacrifice.
2.
a contribution given to or through the church for a particular purpose, as at a religious service.
3.
anything offered as a gift.
4.
something presented for inspection or sale.
5.
a sale: our spring offering of furniture.
6.
the act of one who offers.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English offrung. See offer, -ing1

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offering (ˈɒfərɪŋ)
 
n
1.  something that is offered
2.  a contribution to the funds of a religious organization
3.  a sacrifice, as of an animal, to a deity

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Word Origin & History

offer
O.E. ofrian, from L. offerre "to present, bestow, bring before" (in L.L. "to present in worship"), from ob "to" + ferre "to bring, to carry" (see infer). Non-religious sense reinforced by O.Fr. offrir "to offer," from L. offerre. The noun is first recorded 1433, from O.Fr.
offre (12c.), verbal noun from offrir. The native noun formation is offering (O.E. offrung), verbal noun from offrian.
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Offering definition


an oblation, dedicated to God. Thus Cain consecrated to God of the first-fruits of the earth, and Abel of the firstlings of the flock (Gen. 4:3, 4). Under the Levitical system different kinds of offerings are specified, and laws laid down as to their presentation. These are described under their distinctive names.

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