Definition of offer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒfə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːfər//
    , NAmE//ˈɑːfər//
    Business deals, Buying a home
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  1. 1  an act of saying that you are willing to do something for somebody or give something to somebody offer (of something) Thank you for your kind offer of help. to accept/refuse/decline an offer I took him up on his offer of a loan. You can't just turn down offers of work like that. an offer of marriage offer to do something I accepted her offer to pay.
  2. 2  offer (for something) an amount of money that somebody is willing to pay for something I've had an offer of $2 500 for the car. They've decided to accept our original offer. The offer has been withdrawn. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse. The original price was £3 000, but I'm open to offers (= willing to consider offers that are less than that). Wordfinderacquisition, bid, broker, contract, deal, merger, negotiation, offer, proposal, takeover see also o.n.o. See related entries: Business deals, Buying a home
  3. 3  a reduction in the normal price of something, usually for a short period of time This special offer is valid until the end of the month. See next week's issue for details of more free offers. They have an offer on beer at the moment.
  4. Word OriginOld English offrian ‘sacrifice something to a deity’, of Germanic origin, from Latin offerre ‘bestow, present’ (in ecclesiastical Latin ‘offer to God’), reinforced by French offrir (which continued to express the primary sense). The noun (late Middle English) is from French offre.Extra examples Don’t just accept the first offer. Excellent condition. $1 000 or best offer. He made me an offer I simply couldn’t refuse. I got the conditioner in a free offer with my shampoo. I had to turn down a job offer from a publisher because the pay was too low. I’ll listen to any reasonable offer. No one has made a firm offer. Several people put in an offer for the house. She received a conditional offer from the University of Warwick. The Rams have made him a two-year contract offer. The asking price is £500 but I’m open to offers. The company has made a conditional offer. The company says it has made a good offer which cannot be improved upon. The council do cheap offers on compost bins. The property is currently under offer to a client. The union has voted for industrial action after rejecting a pay offer. They accepted our offer of £80 000. They are selling their car for £2 500 or near offer. They just kept upping their offer until I had to say yes. They refused our offer of help. We have a number of bargains on offer. We realized we would not get a higher offer. We should be able to match their offer for the player. Your first order is delivered free as an introductory offer. a cash offer of $21 a share the range of goods on offer I’ve had an offer of £2 500 for the car. The original price was $3 000, but I’m open to offers. They’ve decided to accept our original offer. You can’t just turn down offers of work like that.Idioms
    1. 1that can be bought, used, etc. The following is a list of courses currently on offer. Prizes worth more than £20 000 are on offer. See related entries: Buying a home
    2. 2(especially British English) on sale at a lower price than normal for a short period of time Italian wines are on (special) offer this week. See related entries: Buying a home
    (British English) if a house or other building is under offer, somebody has agreed to buy it at a particular price
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