Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to offer: Invitation to treat
of•fer(ˈɔ fər, ˈɒf ər)
- bid - Derives from Old English beodan, "to offer or command."
- carrot-and-stick - Refers to an offer of reward countered by the threat of punishment.
- blind fold - Worn by the Greek statue for justice so she cannot see the bribes being offered to her, hence, blind justice.
- cast pearls before swine - To offer something valuable to someone who does not appreciate it.
offer give invite
If you offer something to someone, you ask them if they would like to have it or use it.
If you put something in someone's hand expecting them to take it, and they do take it, don't say that you 'offer' it to them. You say that you give it to them.
If you offer to do something, you say that you are willing to do it.
If someone asks you to do something that they think you will want to do, don't say that they 'offer' you to do it. You say that they invite you to do it.
Past participle: offered
|Noun||1.||offer - the verbal act of offering; "a generous offer of assistance"|
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
|2.||offer - something offered (as a proposal or bid); "noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds"|
contract offer - offer by an employer to contract to pay an employee at a given rate
proposition - an offer for a private bargain (especially a request for sexual favors)
counteroffer - an offer made by someone who has rejected a prior offer
prospectus - a formal written offer to sell securities (filed with the SEC) that sets forth a plan for a (proposed) business enterprise; "a prospectus should contain the facts that an investor needs to make an informed decision"
tender offer - an offer to buy shares in a corporation (usually above the market price) for cash or securities or both
reward - the offer of money for helping to find a criminal or for returning lost property
rights issue, rights offering - an offering of common stock to existing shareholders who hold subscription rights or pre-emptive rights that entitle them to buy newly issued shares at a discount from the price at which they will be offered to the public later; "the investment banker who handles a rights offering usually agrees to buy any shares not bought by shareholders"
special - a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising; "they are having a special on pork chops"
twofer - an offer of two for the price of one
|3.||offer - a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"|
|Verb||1.||offer - make available or accessible, provide or furnish; "The conference center offers a health spa"; "The hotel offers private meeting rooms"|
accost, solicit, hook - approach with an offer of sexual favors; "he was solicited by a prostitute"; "The young man was caught soliciting in the park"
|2.||offer - present for acceptance or rejection; "She offered us all a cold drink"|
give - proffer (a body part); "She gave her hand to her little sister"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
tender - make a tender of; in legal settlements
|3.||offer - agree freely; "She volunteered to drive the old lady home"; "I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it"|
|4.||offer - put forward for consideration; "He offered his opinion"|
|5.||offer - offer verbally; "extend my greetings"; "He offered his sympathy"|
pay, give - convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow; "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give him my best regards"; "pay attention"
|6.||offer - make available for sale; "The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week"|
put up - make available for sale at an auction; "The dealer put up three of his most valuable paintings for auction"
market - engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of; "The company is marketing its new line of beauty products"
|7.||offer - propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"|
by-bid - bid on behalf of someone else
subscribe - offer to buy, as of stocks and shares; "The broker subscribed 500 shares"
overbid - bid more than the object is worth
underbid - bid too low
outbid - bid higher than others
underbid - bid lower than a competing bidder
|8.||offer - produce or introduce on the stage; "The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month"|
|9.||offer - present as an act of worship; "offer prayers to the gods"|
sacrifice - make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
worship - attend religious services; "They worship in the traditional manner"
|10.||offer - mount or put up; "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"|
|11.||offer - make available; provide; "extend a loan"; "The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages"|
|12.||offer - ask (someone) to marry you; "he popped the question on Sunday night"; "she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months"; "The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman"|
request - ask (a person) to do something; "She asked him to be here at noon"; "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"
|13.||offer - threaten to do something; "I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal"|
threaten - to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
provide refuse, withdraw, withhold, take back, revoke, retract
"offers over £25" → ofertas a partir de 25 libras
"£50 or nearest offer" → 50 libras, negociable
he has had a good offer for the house → le han hecho una buena oferta por la casa
introductory offer → oferta f de lanzamiento
to make (sb) an offer (for sth) → hacer una oferta (a algn) (por algo)
they made me an offer I couldn't refuse → me hicieron una oferta que no pude rechazar
offers of help are flooding in → están lloviendo las ofertas de ayuda
I accepted his offer of a lift → acepté cuando se ofreció a llevarme en coche
offer of marriage → propuesta f de matrimonio
to be on offer (Comm) → estar de oferta
"on offer this week" → de oferta esta semana
it's the only entertainment on offer in this town → es la única atracción en esta ciudad
there are so many courses on offer → existe tal oferta de cursillos
offer of peace, peace offer → ofrecimiento m de paz
I might take you up on that offer → puede que acepte tu oferta
the house is under offer → tenemos una oferta para la casa pendiente de formalizar el contrato
see also job C
see also open A8
see also share, special 1 D
"can I get you a drink?" she offered → -¿te sirvo algo? -preguntó ofreciéndose
to have a lot to offer → tener mucho que ofrecer
to offer sb sth; offer sth to sb → ofrecer algo a algn
the island has little to offer the tourist → la isla no tiene mucho que ofrecer al turista
I offered her a fair price for the land → le ofrecí un buen precio por el terreno
to offer to do sth → ofrecerse a hacer algo
I offered to pay for her → me ofrecí a pagar lo suyo
one of the group offered himself as spokesman → uno del grupo se prestó or se ofreció a ser el portavoz
to offer one's hand (to shake) → tender la mano
if I may offer a suggestion → si me permite hacer una sugerencia ...
to offer an apology → ofrecer disculpas, disculparse
he offered no explanation → no dio ninguna explicación
the President has offered his sympathy to relatives → el presidente ha expresado sus condolencias a los familiares
the country offers a wealth of opportunities for investment → el país ofrece or brinda muchas oportunidades de inversión
the hotel offers magnificent views over the lake → el hotel tiene unas magníficas vistas al lago
it seemed to offer a solution to our problem → parecía ofrecer or brindar una solución a nuestro problema
I could have done with some help but no one offered → me hubiera venido bien algo de ayuda pero nadie se ofreció
a good offer → une bonne offre
to accept an offer → accepter une offre
Ingrid would not accept Steele's offer → Ingrid ne voulait pas accepter l'offre de Steele.
She accepted the offer of a cigarette
BUT Elle accepta la cigarette qu'on lui offrait.
an offer of compensation → une offre de compensation
He has dismissed an offer of compensation → Il a rejeté une offre de compensation.
to turn down sb's offer of sth → décliner l'offre que qn fait de qch
I reluctantly turned down her offer of a bed for the night → J'ai décliné à regret l'offre qu'elle me faisait d'un lit pour la nuit.
to make sb an offer → faire une offre à qn
to make an offer for sth → faire une offre pour qch
to be open to offers → être ouvert à toute proposition
some of the excellent books on offer → certains des excellents livres sur le marché
to offer a reward for information → offrir une récompense pour toute information
to be offered sth [person] → se voir offrir qch
to offer sth to sb → offrir qch à qn
to offer sb sth → offrir qch à qn
to offer to do sth → offrir de faire qch
He offered to help me → Il m'a offert de m'aider.
I offered to go with them → Je leur ai offert de les accompagner.
to have sth to offer → avoir qch à offrir
offer of marriage → proposta di matrimonio
to make an offer for sth → fare un'offerta per qc
offers over £25 → offerte dalle 25 sterline in su
to be on offer (Comm) → essere in offerta (speciale)