- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to say that you are willing to do something for somebody or give something to somebody offer (something) Josie had offered her services as a guide. He offered some useful advice. I don't think they need help, but I think I should offer anyway. offer something (to somebody) (for something) He offered $4 000 for the car. They are offering a reward for the return of their cat. They decided to offer the job to Jo. offer somebody something They decided to offer Jo the job. I gratefully took the cup of coffee she offered me. Taylor offered him 500 dollars to do the work. offer to do something The kids offered to do the dishes. + speech ‘I'll do it,’ she offered. Express YourselfOffering somebody somethingParticularly when you are the host, you may want to make polite offers to your guests: Would you like a magazine to read? Can I get you a coffee? Can I offer you something to drink? How about something to eat? I could make some sandwiches. If you'd like to use/If you need the bathroom, it's the second door on the right. Feel free to go upstairs and have a rest if you'd like to.Responses: That would be nice. I'd like a cup of tea, please. Yes, please. A glass of orange juice would be lovely. If you're sure it's no trouble, I'd love a coffee. No, thank you. I'm fine for now. Not for me, thanks. I'm fine, thanks. Maybe later. Express YourselfOffering to do somethingThere are various ways of offering and accepting help: Would you like me to help you with that? Can I give you a hand? Can I help you with that? Shall I carry that for you? (British English or formal, North American English) Would it help if I spoke to Julie before you call her? Let me take your bag. If there's anything I can do (to help), let me know.Responses: That's very kind/nice/generous/thoughtful of you. Thank you. It's all right, thank you. I can manage/do it. Thanks. That would be very helpful. More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet.
- 2 [transitive] offer something to make something available or to provide the opportunity for something The hotel offers excellent facilities for families. The job didn't offer any prospects for promotion. He did not offer any explanation for his behaviour.
- 3[transitive] offer something/somebody (up) (to somebody) (formal) to give something to God We offered up our prayers for the men's safe return. More Like This Verbs with two objects bet, bring, build, buy, cost, get, give, leave, lend, make, offer, owe, pass, pay, play, post, promise, read, refuse, sell, send, show, sing, take, teach, tell, throw, wish, writeSee worksheet. Word Origin Old English offrian ‘sacrifice something to a deity’, of Germanic origin, from Latin offerre
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BrE BrE//ˈɒfə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfər//, NAmE//ˈɑːfər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they offer
BrE BrE//ˈɒfə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfər//, NAmE//ˈɑːfər//he / she / it offers
BrE BrE//ˈɒfəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfərz//, NAmE//ˈɑːfərz//past simple offered
BrE BrE//ˈɒfəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfərd//, NAmE//ˈɑːfərd//past participle offered
BrE BrE//ˈɒfəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfərd//, NAmE//ˈɑːfərd//-ing form offering
BrE BrE//ˈɒfərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfərɪŋ//, NAmE//ˈɑːfərɪŋ//