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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Of"fer
  1. To present, as an act of worship; to immolate; to sacrifice; to present in prayer or devotion; -- often with up."Thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement." [Ex. xxix. 36.]"A holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices." [1 Pet. ii. 5.]
  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. 12.]
  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.
    synonyms: To propose; propound; move; proffer; tender; sacrifice; immolate.

Etymology: OE. offren AS. offrian to sacrifice, fr. L. offerre; obsee OB-) + ferre to bear, bring. The English word was influenced by F. offrir to offer, of the same origin. See 1st Bear

verb Of"fer
  1. To present itself; to be at hand."The occasion offers, and the youth complies." [Dryden.]
  2. To make an attempt; to make an essay or a trial; -- used with at."Without offeringat any other remedy." [Swift.]"He would be offering at the shepherd's voice." [L'Estrange.]"I will not offer at that I can not master." [Bacon.]
noun Of"fer
  1. The act of offering, bringing forward, proposing, or bidding; a proffer; a first advance."This offercomes 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 offerand attempt." [South.]

Etymology: Cf. F. offre, fr. offrir to offer, fr. L. offerre. See Offer (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A usually brief attempt
  2. Something offered (as a proposal or bid) ("noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds")
  3. The verbal act of offering ("a generous offer of assistance")
  4. Put forward for consideration ("He offered his opinion")
  5. Threaten to do something ("I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal")
  6. Ask (someone) to marry you
  7. Produce or introduce on the stage ("The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month")
  8. Make available or accessible, provide or furnish ("The conference center offers a health spa" and "The hotel offers private meeting rooms")
  9. Present for acceptance or rejection ("She offered us all a cold drink")
  10. Make available for sale ("The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week")
  11. Offer verbally ("He offered his sympathy")
  12. Make available; provide ("The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages")
  13. Propose a payment ("The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting")
  14. Mount or put up ("offer resistance")
  15. Agree freely ("I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it")
  16. Present as an act of worship ("offer prayers to the gods")

From Middle English offer, from Old English offrian (“make a sacrifice”) rather than from Old French offre (“offer”), from offrir (“to offer”), from Latin offerō (“to present, bring before”). Compare North Frisian offer (“sacrifice, donation, fee”), Dutch offer (“offering, sacrifice”), German Opfer (“victim, sacrifice”), Danish offer (“victim, sacrifice”), Icelandic offr (“offering”). See verb below.

  1. A proposal that has been made.
    What's in his ?
  2. Something put forth, bid, proffered or tendered.
    His was $3.50 per share.
  3. (law) An invitation to enter into a binding contract communicated to another party which contains terms sufficiently definite to create an enforceable contract if the other party accepts the invitation.
    His first letter was not a real , but an attempt to determine interest.

From Middle English offren, offrien, from Old English offrian (“to offer, sacrifice, bring an oblation”), from Latin offerō (“to present, bestow, bring before”, literally “to bring to”), from Latin ob + ferō (“bring, carry”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to carry, bear”), later reinforced by Old French offrir (“to offer”). Cognate with Old Frisian offria (“to offer”), Old Dutch offrōn (“to offer”), German opfern (“to offer”), Old Norse offra (“to offer”). More at ob-, bear. Displaced Old English ābēodan from ā- + bēodan (“to command, decree, summon”).

off +‎ -er

  1. (used in combinations from phrasal verbs) agent noun of

    offer was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Latin, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Offer

    Vince Offer is a salesman, screenwriter, film director, film producer, comedian, and editor. Vince was given the name Offer Shlomi on April 25th, 1964 in Beersheba. Vince is also known as Vince Shlomi, ShamWow Guy, Shlomi, Vince; Shlomi, and Offer (birth name).


    Offer Mizrahi is a soccer player for the Maccabi Haifa F.C., Maccabi Herzliya F.C., Israel national under-18 football team, and Israel national football team. Offer was born on March 3rd, 1967 in Haifa. Offer is also known as עופר מזרחי (Hebrew).


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Offer

    Vince Offer is a salesman, screenwriter, film director, film producer, comedian, and editor. Vince was given the name Offer Shlomi on April 25th, 1964 in Beersheba. Vince is also known as Vince Shlomi, ShamWow Guy, Shlomi, Vince; Shlomi, and Offer (birth name).



    Michael Offer is a film director and television director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present.


    Nic Offer is a musician. He plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Musical keyboard, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1996 to present. Nic was born in 1972.


    Daniel Offer was a in the fields of child, adolescent psychiatry, normality (behavior), and leadership. Daniel was given the name Thomas Edgar Hirsch on December 24th, 1929 in Berlin. He passed away on May 13th, 2013.


    Eliyahu Offer is a soccer player for the Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. Eliyahu was born on January 1st, 1944 in Beersheba.


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    Ethnicity Offer U.S.
      White 57.21% 64.26%
      African American 35.74% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.82% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.66% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Offer

    • How Popular is the name Offer? As a last name Offer was the 35,294th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Offer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Offer is Wednesday, June 4th, 1884.
    • How unique is the name Offer? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Offer. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Offer: Your name in reverse order is Reffo. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Offer. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Offer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 638 people with the last name Offer.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Offer? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Offer as their last name since less than 1 person in 455k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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