BrE BrE//əˈfens//; NAmE NAmE//əˈfens//[countable] = offence to commit an offense The new law makes it a criminal offense to drink alcohol in public places. a minor/serious offense She pleaded guilty to five traffic offenses.
BrE BrE//ˈɒfens//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfens//, NAmE//ˈɑːfens//[singular + singular or plural verb, uncountable] (British English attack [singular]) (sport) the members of a team whose main aim is to score points against the other team; a method of attack The Redskins' offense is stronger than their defense. He played offense for the Chicago Bulls. See related entries: American football compare defence