see also GIVE, INVITE
- to ask sb if they would like sth, or if they would like you to do sth for them: offer sb sth, offer sth (to sb), offer to do sth (for sb); noun: offer
I've been offered a job in Cardiff. ◎ a job offer ◎ He offered to paint the house for me. ◎ Thanks for the offer.
- to offer sb an amount of money for sth: offer (sb) sth, make* (sb) an offer
How much are they offering for the car? ◎ They've made an offer for the house.
- to say yes to an offer: accept sth, take* sth up, take* sb up on sth; noun (U): acceptance
He immediately accepted my offer. ◎ They said they would take up the offer. ◎ I think I'll take you up on your offer.
- to say no to an offer: turn sth down, refuse sth, reject sth; nouns: refusal, rejection
I'm afraid I'll have to turn down your offer/turn your offer down. ◎ They made me an offer I couldn't refuse. ◎ I can't believe she rejected your offer. ◎ Please confirm your acceptance of this offer.
- if you make an offer to sb and then you decide you do not want to make the offer, you take* sth back, (formal) withdraw* sth
I'm afraid I'll have to take back my offer. ◎ If you speak to him like that, he'll just withdraw his offer.
※ ways of offering sth
- to make an offer, you can say Would you like ※¦? or Can I ※¦? or Shall I ※¦?
'Would you like me to give you a hand?' 'Thanks for the offer, but I think I'll be all right.' ◎ 'Can I get you a drink?' 'Yes please - I'd love a beer.' ◎ 'Shall I carry your bag for you?' 'No thanks, I can manage.'
- if you are offering food, drink, etc, or if you want to give sth to sb, you can say Have ※¦Help yourself ※¦
'Have some more rice.' 'No thank you, I'm full.' ◎ 'I really like this photo.' 'Have it. I'd like to give it to you.' ◎ 'Help yourself to the cake.' 'Thank you, it looks delicious.'
Note: we do not use 'please' in English when we are offering sth to sb.