Definition of offering in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôf(ə)riNG/
Pronunciation: /ˈäf(ə)riNG/


1A thing offered, especially as a gift or contribution: animals as sacrificial offerings
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  • She came to be known as Khir Bhawani or Ragyna Bhagwati as her favourite offerings consist of rice cooked in milk and sugar, and all other vegetarian forms of diet.
  • As a great fan of porridge, I was looking forward to judging the offerings.
  • Santa Claus does somehow manage to find his way to us but his offerings always take on the flavour of the nearest gift shop.
contribution, donation, gift, present, handout, charity;
formal benefaction
historical alms
1.1A thing produced or manufactured for entertainment or sale: Hollywood’s latest offerings for the European market
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  • The range has been enlarged to increase commercial customer product offerings, increase unit sales and raise profitability.
  • I managed to take in some of the wonderful entertainment offerings in the cosmopolitan city!
  • Once broadband customers are on board, the company plans to sell them a host of offerings, from entertainment downloads to its online personals.
1.2A contribution, especially of money, to a church.
Example sentences
  • In the first part, we are invited to make our offering of money for the work of the church.
  • It appears that removing cash from offerings and church fund-raisers by a pastor was a technique-of-choice in both of these cases.
  • On Il'ia's day, in many parts of Russia, propitiatory offerings were brought to church.
1.3A thing offered as a religious sacrifice or token of devotion.
Example sentences
  • An offering of libation and sacrifices accompanies communication with the deceased at the gravesite.
  • As in India, pilgrimages are for rich and poor, whoever is willing to make offerings and sacrifice.
  • Sacrifices and offerings are made to it and to the graves of male ancestors.

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Syllabification: of·fer·ing

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