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"offer" in American English

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offerverb

us   /ˈɔ·fər, ˈɑf·ər/
  • offer verb (AGREE TO GIVE)

[I/T] to ask someone if he or she would like to have something or would like you to do something: [T] She was offered a new job. [T] Can I offer you (= Would you like) something to drink? [I] My father offered to take us to the airport.
  • offer verb (PROVIDE)

[T] to provide or supply something: The organization offers free legal advice to low-income people. He offered excuses but no real explanation.
(Definition of offer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"offer" in British English

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offerverb

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 offered to take us to the airport. [+ speech] "I'll do the cooking," he offered.
[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...

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  • 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 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.

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offernoun [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 help out." "That's a very kind offer." I must say the offer of two weeks in Hawaii is very tempting.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 apartment, so I put in an offer of €170,000. I've made an offer on a house in Pine Banks.
B1 a reduction in the usual price of sth, usually for a short period: Don't miss out on our latest offer.
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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(Definition of offer from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"offer" in Business English

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offerverb [T]

uk   /ˈɒfər/ us  
to ask someone if they would like to have something or if they would like you to do something: offer sb sth They offered me a key role on the project.offer sb a job/promotion She was offered a job in Singapore but turned it down.offer sb a chance/opportunity The cable provider offers advertisers the chance to buy ads that run only in specific neighborhoods.offer sth to sb The airline company offers cheap flights to airline staff.offer to do sth Some grain dealers were offering to buy cash grain from farmers, but only at a discount.
to provide or supply a product or service: offer sb sth The package promises to offer customers even cheaper financial services. We have decided to offer free trials with retailers. The package offers 11 nights in Kenya from $1569 per person.
to say that you will pay a particular amount of money for something: offer $20/£200/$2 million, etc. for sth All three prospective bidders have indicated that they would offer about $1.1 billion for the company.offer sb sth He offered me lots of money for my car.
FINANCE to make shares, etc. available for sale: They are offering 6.4 million shares with an estimated price range of $10-12.
to provide or have particular features or advantages: Future generations of products may offer improved price or performance features. The group expects the new devices to be offered as standard equipment on vehicles.

offernoun [C]

uk   /ˈɒfər/ us  
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.
(Definition of offer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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