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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: offrir, from Latin offerre, from ferre 'to carry'

offer

1 verb
     
of‧fer1 S1 W1
1 [transitive] to ask someone if they would like to have something, or to hold something out to them so that they can take it
offer somebody something
Can I offer you something to drink?
They offered him a very good job, but he turned it down.
offer something to somebody
Maureen lit a cigarette and offered one to Lucy.
The drama school offers places to students who can show talent.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to say that you are willing to do something:
I don't need any help, but it was nice of you to offer.
offer to do something
My dad has offered to pick us up.
The newspaper offered to apologise for the article.
3 [transitive] to provide something that people need or want
offer advice/help/support etc
Your doctor should be able to offer advice on diet.
offer an opportunity/chance/possibility
The course offers the opportunity to specialize in the final year.
A number of groups offer their services free of charge.
The Centre offers a wide range of sports facilities.
offer something to somebody
I did what I could to offer comfort to the family.
4

have something to offer (somebody)

to have qualities, opportunities etc that people are likely to want or enjoy:
Canada has much to offer in terms of location and climate.
He felt he had nothing to offer her that she wanted.
5 [transitive] to say that you are willing to pay a particular amount of money for something
offer (somebody) something for something
They've offered us £75,000 for the house.
The police are offering a reward for any information.
6

offer (up) a prayer/sacrifice etc

RR to pray to God or give something to God
7

offer itself

formal if an opportunity to do something offers itself, it becomes available to you:
I'll raise the subject when a suitable occasion offers itself.
8

offer your hand (to somebody)

to hold out your hand in order to shake hands with someone

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