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offer

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈɒfər/
a situation in which someone asks if you would like to have something or if you would like them to do something: make (sb) an offer The company made me a job offer and I accepted it.take up/agree to/accept an offer I took up his offer of help with my presentation. reject/turn down/refuse an offer receive/get/have an offeran offer to do sth He refused all offers to negotiate. an offer of employment/work/a job
an amount of money that someone is willing to pay for something: make (sb) an offer A Japanese investment bank has already made an offer for the company.an offer for sth They are considering a $519m offer for the business.an offer of sth She turned down an offer of $2,000 a week to organize the conference. accept/consider/get an offer decline/turn down/refuse an offer The board agreed the terms of a recommended cash offer of 42p per share. They have indicated that if they had a good offer for their assets they would sell them. I'll give you $50, and that's my final offer.
PROPERTY an occasion when someone says they would like to buy a property at a particular price: We were ready to complete the deal when the seller got another, higher offer.make/put in an offer on sth They made an offer on a house downtown. Several people have viewed the property, but no-one has put in an offer.
FINANCE an occasion when a company makes new shares available for sale, or the number of shares offered : The $22.50-a-share offer to ADT shareholders is 12% more than ADT's closing price yesterday.
MARKETING a reduction in the usual price of something, usually just for a short period of time: a bargain/introductory offer This superb offer is available for a minimum two-night stay until April 2.
on offer available to be bought, used, etc.: The free savers' guide gives details of all of the different types of accounts on offer.
on (special) offer especially UK COMMERCE if goods in a store are on offer, they are being sold at a lower price than usual: Everything in the store is on offer for this week only.
open to offers willing to consider different amounts of money or other things that people are offering you: The agents say they are open to offers, but would expect the site to achieve a price in the region of $7 million. She is open to offers and has had several approaches from firms looking for sales managers.
under offer UK PROPERTY if a house is under offer, someone has already stated that they would like to buy it at a particular price: The estate agent told me the property was already under offer, and that my viewing had been cancelled.
→ See also counter-offer, exchange offer, firm offer, free offer, general offer, initial offer, initial public offer, mandatory general offer, open offer, self-tender, settlement offer, share exchange offer, share offer, special offer, takeover bid, tender offer, trial offer, unsolicited offer
(Definition of offer noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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