Hypertext Webster Gateway: "offer"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Offer \Of"fer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Offered}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Offering}.] [OE. offren, {AS}. offrian to sacrifice, fr. L.
offerre; ob (see {OB-}) + ferre to bear, bring. The English
word was influenced by F. offrir to offer, of the same
origin. See 1st {Bear}.]
1. To present, as an act of worship; to immolate; to
sacrifice; to present in prayer or devotion; -- often with

Thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin
offering for atonement. --Ex. xxix.

A holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices.
--1 Pet. ii.

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.

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;

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Offer \Of"fer\, v. i.
1. To present itself; to be at hand.

The occasion offers, and the youth complies.

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.

I will not offer at that I can not master. --Bacon.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Offer \Of"fer\, n. [Cf. F. offre, fr. offrir to offer, fr. L.
offerre. See {Offer}, v. t.]
1. The act of offering, bringing forward, proposing, or
bidding; a proffer; a first advance. ``This offer comes
from mercy.'' --Shak.

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.'' --South.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the verbal act of offering; "a generous offer of assistance"
[syn: {offering}]
2: something offered (as a proposal or bid); "noteworthy new
offerings for investors included several index funds"
[syn: {offering}]
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; as at sales or auctions; "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" [syn: {propose}, {pop the
13: threaten to do something: "I offered to leave the committee
if they did not accept my proposal"

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