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offer

verb uk   /ˈɒf.ər/ us    /ˈɑː.fɚ/

offer verb (AGREE TO GIVE)

A2 [I or T] to ask someone if they would like to have something or if they would like you to do something: [+ two objects] I feel bad that I didn't offer them any food/offer any food to them. She was offered a job in Paris. Can I offer you (= would you like) a drink? "Would you sell me that painting?" "What are you offering (= what will you pay) for it?" [+ to infinitive] My father's offered to take us to the airport. [+ speech] "I'll do the cooking," he offered. "I could help." "No, it's all right, thanks." "Well, don't say I didn't offer." [T] (also offer up) to say a prayer or make a sacrifice (= an act of killing or giving up something) to a god: Dear Lord, we offer up our prayers...

offer verb (PROVIDE)

B1 [T] to provide or supply something: It's an organization that offers free legal advice to people on low incomes. It says in the guide that this area of the countryside offers some of the best walks in England. [+ two objects] We are now offering you the chance to buy the complete set of pans at half price. Did he offer any explanation for his strange behaviour? It doesn't have much to offer as a town - its shops are fairly poor and there's only one cinema.

offer

noun [C] uk   /ˈɒf.ər/ us    /ˈɑː.fɚ/
A2 the act of asking if someone would like to have something or if they would like you to do something: "If you like I can do some shopping for you." "That's a very kind offer." I must say the offer of a weekend in Barcelona quite tempts me.informal One day I'll take you up on (= accept) that offer. make an offer C2 (also put in an offer) to say officially that you would like to buy something, especially a house, at a particular price: They were asking £180,000 for the place, so I put in an offer of £170,000. I've made an offer on a house in the town centre. B1 a reduction in the usual price of sth, usually for a short period: This superb offer is available until the end of the month. on offer B2 available to be bought or used: We were amazed at the range of products on offer. on (special) offer B1 UK If goods in a shop are on (special) offer, they are being sold at a lower price than usual. under offer UK If a house is under offer, someone has already suggested a particular price at which they would be willing to buy it.
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