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    two different meaning of "to offer"

    There are two different meanings of verb offer which I don't see any difference between. Would you please explain the detail between them?

    Offer: Make available or accessible, provide or furnish
    Examples: The conference centre offers a health spa"; "The hotel offers private meeting rooms"

    Offer: Make available for sale.
    Example: The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=offer

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    Re: two different meaning of "to offer"

    They are not different meanings. They are definitions of finer shades of meaning.

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    Re: two different meaning of "to offer"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    They are not different meanings. They are definitions of finer shades of meaning.
    I thought they were definitions of different meanings. Did you look the link? In that link, they are given as different meanings. What do you mean by "finer shades of meaning"?

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    Re: two different meaning of "to offer"

    They are about making things available, the shade of meaning in the second is that you purchase it. Availability is the core meaning, services or sales are the shades of meaning. A dictionary will list variations in meaning as different items.

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    Re: two different meaning of "to offer"

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    There are two different meanings of verb offer. I don't see any difference. Would you please explain the difference?

    Offer: Make available or accessible, provide or furnish
    Examples: The conference centre offers a health spa"; "The hotel offers private meeting rooms"

    Offer: Make available for sale. This is just a subset of the first definition. You can make things available for all kinds of things, including sales.
    Example: The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=offer

    Thank you.
    Good question. You're absolutely right. There is no difference. The word means the same thing in both.

    Your dictionary is trying to be thorough and is just being confusing instead.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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