offer

Definitions

General English

  • noun a thing which is suggested
  • verb to suggest doing something for someone or giving someone something

General Science

  • verb to indicate that something will be given or done if it is wanted
  • verb to provide something

Accounting

  • noun a statement that you are willing to give or do something, especially to pay a specific amount of money to buy something
  • noun a statement that you are willing to sell something
  • noun a statement that you are willing to employ someone
  • noun a statement that a company is prepared to buy another company’s shares and take the company over

Construction

  • A proposal, as in a wage and benefits package, to be accepted, negotiated, or rejected.

Cricket

  • verb to attempt to play a stroke, rather than deliberately leaving the ball alone
    Citation ‘The post-lunch session was almost siesta-like in its calm, with neither batsman offering at anything that did not demand a stroke’ (Michael Carey, Daily Telegraph 15 December 1982)
    Citation ‘Katich, bowled not offering first time around, thrust overanxiously at Flintoff’ (Haigh 2005)
  • verb (of the umpires) to give the batsmen the opportunity to come off for bad light; shorthand for ‘offer the light’.
    See light

Forex

  • To present an item for sale. In the forex market, the offer price is generally the higher exchange rate in a two way price at which a market maker will sell the base currency to the customer requesting the price.

Law

  • noun a statement by one party to a contract that he or she proposes to do something

Real Estate

  • verb to present a property for sale or rent

Travel

  • noun a statement that you are willing to pay a particular amount of money to buy something

Origin & History of “offer”

Latin offerre was a compound verb formed from the prefix ob- ‘to’ and ferre ‘bring, carry’ (a distant relative of English bear), and it meant ‘present, offer’. It was borrowed into Old English from Christian Latin texts as offrian, in the specific sense ‘offer up a sacrifice’; the more general spread of modern meanings was introduced via Old French offrir in the 14th century. The past participle of offerre was oblātus, from which English gets oblation (15th c.).
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