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offering Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun something offered (as a proposal or bid)
    • noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds
  2. noun money contributed to a religious organization
  3. noun the verbal act of offering
    • a generous offer of assistance
  4. noun the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity
    • oblations for aid to the poor
  5. verb make available or accessible, provide or furnish
    • The conference center offers a health spa
    • The hotel offers private meeting rooms
  6. verb present for acceptance or rejection
    proffer; offer.
    • She offered us all a cold drink
  7. verb agree freely
    offer; volunteer.
    • She volunteered to drive the old lady home
    • I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it
  8. verb put forward for consideration
    • He offered his opinion
  9. verb offer verbally
    extend; offer.
    • extend my greetings
    • He offered his sympathy
  10. verb make available for sale
    • The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week
  11. verb propose a payment
    tender; bid; offer.
    • The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting
  12. verb produce or introduce on the stage
    • The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month
  13. verb present as an act of worship
    offer up; offer.
    • offer prayers to the gods
  14. verb mount or put up
    provide; put up; offer.
    • put up a good fight
    • offer resistance
  15. verb make available; provide
    extend; offer.
    • extend a loan
    • The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages
  16. verb ask (someone) to marry you
    pop the question; propose; declare oneself; offer.
    • 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
  17. verb threaten to do something
    • I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal

Of"fer*ing noun
  1. The act of an offerer; a proffering.
  2. That which is offered, esp. in divine service; that which is presented as an expiation or atonement for sin, or as a free gift; a sacrifice; an oblation; as, sin offering.
    They are polluted offerings more abhorred Than spotted livers in the sacrifice. Shak.
  3. A sum of money offered, as in church service; as, a missionary offering. Specif.: (Ch. of Eng.) Personal tithes payable according to custom, either at certain seasons as Christmas or Easter, or on certain occasions as marriages or christenings.
    [None] to the offering before her should go. Chaucer.

Webster 1913