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

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


[aw-fer, of-er]
verb (used with object)
to present for acceptance or rejection; proffer: He offered me a cigarette.
to propose or put forward for consideration: to offer a suggestion.
to propose or volunteer (to do something): She offered to accompany me.
to make a show of intention (to do something): We did not offer to go first.
to give, make, or promise: She offered no response.
to present solemnly as an act of worship or devotion, as to God, a deity or a saint; sacrifice.
to present for sale: He offered the painting to me at a reduced price.
to tender or bid as a price: to offer ten dollars for a radio.
to attempt or threaten to do, engage in, or inflict: to offer battle.
to put forth; exert: to offer resistance.
to present to sight or notice.
to introduce or present for exhibition or performance.
to render (homage, thanks, etc.).
to present or volunteer (oneself) to someone as a spouse.
verb (used without object)
to present itself; occur: Whenever an opportunity offered, he slipped off to town.
to present something as an act of worship or devotion; sacrifice.
to make a proposal or suggestion.
to suggest oneself to someone for marriage; propose.
Archaic. to make an attempt (followed by at ).
an act or instance of offering: an offer of help.
the condition of being offered: an offer for sale.
something offered.
a proposal or bid to give or pay something as the price of something else; bid: an offer of $90,000 for the house.
Law. a proposal that requires only acceptance in order to create a contract.
an attempt or endeavor.
a show of intention.
a proposal of marriage.

before 900; Middle English offren, Old English offrian to present in worship < Latin offerre, equivalent to of- of- + ferre to bring, bear1

offerable, adjective
offerer, offeror, noun
nonoffer, noun
preoffer, noun, verb (used with object)
reoffer, verb, noun
self-offered, adjective
unoffered, adjective

1. Offer, proffer, tender mean to present for acceptance or refusal. Offer is a common word in general use for presenting something to be accepted or rejected: to offer assistance. Proffer with the same meaning, is now chiefly a literary word: to proffer one's services. Tender (no longer used in reference to concrete objects) is a ceremonious term for a more or less formal or conventional act: to tender one's resignation. 2. give, move, propose.

1. withdraw, withhold. 20. refusal, denial. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
offer (ˈɒfə)
vb (when tr, often foll by up)
1.  to present or proffer (something, someone, oneself, etc) for acceptance or rejection
2.  (tr) to present as part of a requirement: she offered English as a second subject
3.  (tr) to provide or make accessible: this stream offers the best fishing
4.  (intr) to present itself: if an opportunity should offer
5.  (tr) to show or express willingness or the intention (to do something)
6.  (tr) to put forward (a proposal, opinion, etc) for consideration
7.  (tr) to present for sale
8.  (tr) to propose as payment; bid or tender
9.  to present (a prayer, sacrifice, etc) as or during an act of worship
10.  (tr) to show readiness for: to offer battle
11.  archaic (intr) to make a proposal of marriage
12.  (tr; sometimes foll by up or to) engineering to bring (a mechanical piece) near to or in contact with another, and often to proceed to fit the pieces together
13.  something, such as a proposal or bid, that is offered
14.  the act of offering or the condition of being offered
15.  contract law See also acceptance a proposal made by one person that will create a binding contract if accepted unconditionally by the person to whom it is made
16.  a proposal of marriage
17.  short for offer price
18.  on offer for sale at a reduced price
[Old English, from Latin offerre to present, from ob- to + ferre to bring]

Offer (ˈɒfə)
n acronym for
Office of Electricity Regulation: merged with Ofgas in 1999 to form Ofgem

offering (ˈɒfərɪŋ)
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

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
It's right on the shore, with a boat dock offering small boats for guests.
Homemade candy is wonderful to have on hand for nibbling or offering to drop-in
Last month the government started offering grants to slow its decline.
Kaplan plans to go further, regulators permitting, by offering students a full
  refund if they drop out during their first term.
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