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verb     offer pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleoffering
past tenseoffered
past participleoffered
  1. 1
    [transitive] to let someone know that you will give them something if they want it
    offer someone something:

    They haven’t offered me the job yet.

    offer something to someone:

    He had offered cocaine to an undercover police officer.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to say that you will pay a particular price for something
      offer someone something for something:

      I offered Jim £5,000 for his car.

      offer something to someone:

      Police are offering a reward to anyone with information about the crime.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to let someone know that you are willing to do something for them

      Actually, Jen’s giving me a lift home – but thanks for offering.

      offer to do something:

      I do think you should have offered to help.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to provide something such as a product or service
    offer someone something:

    We’ll be happy to offer you all the assistance we can.

    have a lot to offer (=to have many attractive features):

    The city has a lot to offer the business traveller.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to give someone something that you think they need or deserve

    A lot of people have offered us very useful advice.

    Susan still hasn’t offered an explanation for her absence.

    1. a.
      to express your feelings towards someone

      He called the team manager to offer his congratulations.

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