- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.
- To attempt; to undertake."All that offer to defend him." [Shak.]
- To bid, as a price, reward, or wages; as, to offer a guinea for a ring; to offer a salary or reward.
- 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