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verb offer pronunciation in American English /ˈɔfər/offer pronunciation in American English /ˈɑfər/
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present tense
present participleoffering
past tenseoffered
past participleoffered
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  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
    The department offers a course on Medieval Philosophy each year.
    Smaller hotels often offer greater comfort at lower prices.
    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 traveler.
  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 toward someone
      offer sympathy/regrets/thanks
      He called the team manager to offer his congratulations.

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