Of·fer v. t. [imp. & p. p. Offered p. pr. & vb. n. Offering.]
1. To present, as an act of worship; to immolate; to sacrifice; to present in prayer or devotion; -- often with up.
Thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement. --Ex. xxix. 36.
A holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices. --1 Pet. ii. 5.
2. To bring to or before; to hold out to; to present for acceptance or rejection; as, to offer a present, or a bribe; to offer one's self in marriage.
I offer thee three things. --2 Sam. xxiv. 12.
3. To present in words; to proffer; to make a proposal of; to suggest; as, to offer an opinion. With the infinitive as an objective: To make an offer; to declare one's willingness; as, he offered to help me.
4. To attempt; to undertake.
All that offer to defend him. --Shak.
5. To bid, as a price, reward, or wages; as, to offer a guinea for a ring; to offer a salary or reward.
6. To put in opposition to; to manifest in an offensive way; to threaten; as, to offer violence, attack, etc.
Syn: -- To propose; propound; move; proffer; tender; sacrifice; immolate.
Of·fer, v. i.
1. To present itself; to be at hand.
The occasion offers, and the youth complies. --Dryden.
2. To make an attempt; to make an essay or a trial; -- used with at. “Without offering at any other remedy.”
He would be offering at the shepherd's voice. --L'Estrange.
I will not offer at that I can not master. --Bacon.
1. The act of offering, bringing forward, proposing, or bidding; a proffer; a first advance. “This offer comes from mercy.”
2. That which is offered or brought forward; a proposal to be accepted or rejected; a sum offered; a bid.
When offers are disdained, and love denied. --Pope.
3. Attempt; endeavor; essay; as, he made an offer to catch the ball. “Some offer and attempt.”
n 1: the verbal act of offering; "a generous offer of assistance"
2: something offered (as a proposal or bid); "noteworthy new
offerings for investors included several index funds"
3: a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it
a whirl" [syn: crack, fling, go, pass, whirl]
v 1: make available or accessible, provide or furnish; "The
conference center offers a health spa"; "The hotel
offers private meeting rooms"
2: present for acceptance or rejection; "She offered us all a
cold drink" [syn: proffer]
3: 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" [syn: volunteer]
4: put forward for consideration; "He offered his opinion"
5: offer verbally; "extend my greetings"; "He offered his
sympathy" [syn: extend]
6: make available for sale; "The stores are offering specials
on sweaters this week"
7: propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for
the painting" [syn: bid, tender]
8: produce or introduce on the stage; "The Shakespeare Company
is offering `King Lear' this month"
9: present as an act of worship; "offer prayers to the gods"
[syn: offer up]
10: mount or put up; "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"
[syn: put up, provide]
11: make available; provide; "extend a loan"; "The bank offers a
good deal on new mortgages" [syn: extend]
12: 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" [syn: propose, declare
oneself, pop the question]
13: threaten to do something; "I offered to leave the committee
if they did not accept my proposal"
adj 1: not in operation or operational; "the oven is off"; "the
lights are off" [ant: on]
2: below a satisfactory level; "an off year for tennis"; "his
performance was off"
3: (of events) no longer planned or scheduled; "the wedding is
definitely off" [syn: cancelled] [ant: on]
4: in an unpalatable state; "sour milk" [syn: sour, turned]
5: not performing or scheduled for duties; "He's off every
Tuesday"; "he was off duty when it happened"; "an off-duty
policeman" [syn: off(p), off duty(p), off-duty(a)]
adv 1: from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is
obsolete); "ran away from the lion"; "wanted to get
away from there"; "sent the children away to boarding
school"; "the teacher waved the children away from the
dead animal"; "went off to school"; "they drove off";
"go forth and preach" [syn: away, forth]
2: at a distance in space or time; "the boat was 5 miles off
(or away)"; "the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)";
"away back in the 18th century" [syn: away]
3: no longer on or in contact or attached; "clean off the
dirt"; "he shaved off his mustache"