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offer verb

1 give/provide sth; ask if sb would like sth

ADV. generously, kindly | helpfully | impulsively ‘Do you need any help?’ he offered impulsively.

VERB + OFFER be able/unable to, can/could the protection that life insurance can offer | appear to, seem to The plan seemed to offer real advantages. | fail to | be pleased to (formal), would like to I refer to your recent application and interview and am pleased to offer you the post of editor. | aim to, seek to | claim to They claim to offer a more comprehensive service than other firms. | be expected to, be likely to This investment is likely to offer a higher return. | be/feel compelled to, be forced to, be/feel obliged to She felt obliged to offer him a bed for the night. | have little/a lot/nothing, etc. to, have sth to This player has proved that he still has a lot to offer (= can still play well). The open evening is a chance to see what the college has to offer students.

PREP. to She offered drinks to her guests.

2 say that you will pay a certain amount

VERB + OFFER be able/unable to, can/could | be prepared to, be ready to, be willing to Would they be prepared to offer any more?

PREP. for They have offered over £500,000 for the house.