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Definition: Offer


Quick Summary of Offer

A proposal to enter into an agreement with another person. An offer must express the intent of the person making the offer to form a contract, must contain some essential terms–including the price and subject matter of the contract–and must be communicated by the person making the offer. A legally valid acceptance of the offer will create a binding contract.

What is the dictionary definition of Offer?

Dictionary Definition

n. a specific proposal to enter into an agreement with another. An offer is essential to the formation of an enforceable contract. An offer and acceptance of the offer creates the contract.

Full Definition of Offer

  1. The lowest price that any investor or dealer has declared that he/she will sell a given security or commodity for. For over-the-counter stocks, the offer is the best-quoted price at which a Market Maker is willing to sell a stock. For mutual funds, the offer is the net asset value plus any sales charges. also called asked price or asking price or offering price or ask.
  2. To express a desire to enter into an arrangement or contract with another party.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Offer. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. November 30, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Offer. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: November 30, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Offer. Retrieved November 30, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Offer are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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