offer Definition

  • 1to present or proffer (something) for (someone) to accept or reject as desired
  • 2to provide (something) as an opportunity or privilege
  • 3to propose or suggest (something)
  • 4to make available for sale
  • 5to show willingness to do something

Using offer: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "offer" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I offered him a drink.

  • Example

    The company is offering a new product line.

  • Example

    She offered to help me with my homework.

  • Example

    He offered his condolences to the family.

offer Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using offer

  • an attractive or appealing proposal or opportunity


    The job offer was a tempting offer, but she decided to decline it.

  • offer one's two cents

    to give one's opinion or advice, often unsolicited


    I don't mean to offer my two cents, but I think you should reconsider your decision.

  • to make a gesture of peace or reconciliation


    After years of conflict, the two countries finally offered the olive branch and signed a peace treaty.

Phrases with offer

  • take up an offer

    to accept an opportunity or privilege that has been presented


    I decided to take up their offer of a free trial.

  • offer up

    to present or sacrifice something, often in a religious context


    The priest offered up a prayer for the congregation.

  • offer one's hand

    to extend one's hand for a handshake, often as a gesture of greeting or agreement


    He offered his hand in friendship.

Origins of offer

from Old English 'offrian', meaning 'to present in worship'


Summary: offer in Brief

The verb 'offer' [ˈɒfə] means to present or suggest something for acceptance or rejection, to provide an opportunity or privilege, or to make available for sale. It can also denote willingness to do something, as in 'She offered to help me with my homework.' Phrases like 'take up an offer' and idioms like 'a tempting offer' highlight the idea of presenting an opportunity or proposal.

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