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offer

[aw-fer, of-er] /ˈɔ fər, ˈɒf ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to present for acceptance or rejection; proffer:
He offered me a cigarette.
2.
to propose or put forward for consideration:
to offer a suggestion.
3.
to propose or volunteer (to do something):
She offered to accompany me.
4.
to make a show of intention (to do something):
We did not offer to go first.
5.
to give, make, or promise:
She offered no response.
6.
to present solemnly as an act of worship or devotion, as to God, a deity or a saint; sacrifice.
7.
to present for sale:
He offered the painting to me at a reduced price.
8.
to tender or bid as a price:
to offer ten dollars for a radio.
9.
to attempt or threaten to do, engage in, or inflict:
to offer battle.
10.
to put forth; exert:
to offer resistance.
11.
to present to sight or notice.
12.
to introduce or present for exhibition or performance.
13.
to render (homage, thanks, etc.).
14.
to present or volunteer (oneself) to someone as a spouse.
verb (used without object)
15.
to present itself; occur:
Whenever an opportunity offered, he slipped off to town.
16.
to present something as an act of worship or devotion; sacrifice.
17.
to make a proposal or suggestion.
18.
to suggest oneself to someone for marriage; propose.
19.
Archaic. to make an attempt (followed by at).
noun
20.
an act or instance of offering:
an offer of help.
21.
the condition of being offered:
an offer for sale.
22.
something offered.
23.
a proposal or bid to give or pay something as the price of something else; bid:
an offer of $90,000 for the house.
24.
Law. a proposal that requires only acceptance in order to create a contract.
25.
an attempt or endeavor.
26.
a show of intention.
27.
a proposal of marriage.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English offren, Old English offrian to present in worship < Latin offerre, equivalent to of- of- + ferre to bring, bear1
Related forms
offerable, adjective
offerer, offeror, noun
nonoffer, noun
preoffer, noun, verb (used with object)
reoffer, verb, noun
self-offered, adjective
unoffered, adjective
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. withdraw, withhold. 20. refusal, denial.
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British Dictionary definitions for preoffering

offer

/ˈɒfə/
verb
1.
to present or proffer (something, someone, oneself, etc) for acceptance or rejection
2.
(transitive) to present as part of a requirement: she offered English as a second subject
3.
(transitive) to provide or make accessible: this stream offers the best fishing
4.
(intransitive) to present itself: if an opportunity should offer
5.
(transitive) to show or express willingness or the intention (to do something)
6.
(transitive) to put forward (a proposal, opinion, etc) for consideration
7.
(transitive) to present for sale
8.
(transitive) to propose as payment; bid or tender
9.
when tr, often foll by up. to present (a prayer, sacrifice, etc) as or during an act of worship
10.
(transitive) to show readiness for: to offer battle
11.
(intransitive) (archaic) to make a proposal of marriage
12.
(transitive; 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
noun
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) a proposal made by one person that will create a binding contract if accepted unconditionally by the person to whom it is made See also acceptance
16.
a proposal of marriage
17.
short for offer price
18.
on offer, for sale at a reduced price
Derived Forms
offerer, offeror, noun
Word Origin
Old English, from Latin offerre to present, from ob- to + ferre to bring

Offer

/ˈɒfə/
noun acronym (formerly, in Britain)
1.
Office of Electricity Regulation: merged with Ofgas in 1999 to form Ofgem
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Word Origin and History for preoffering

offer

v.

Old English ofrian "to offer, show, exhibit, sacrifice, bring an oblation," from Latin offerre "to present, bestow, bring before" (in Late Latin "to present in worship"), from ob "to" (see ob-) + ferre "to bring, to carry" (see infer). The Latin word was borrowed elsewhere in Germanic, e.g. Old Frisian offria, Middle Dutch offeren, Old Norse offra. Non-religious sense reinforced by Old French offrir "to offer," from Latin offerre. Related: Offered; offering.

n.

early 15c., from Old French ofre "act of offering; offer, proposition" (12c.), verbal noun from offrir (see offer (v.)). The native noun formation is offering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for preoffering
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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