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When you find the house you want to buy, you start the purchase process by making an offer to the seller. If you have been pre-approved for a mortgage, you know how much money you have access to, as well as how much house you can reasonably afford.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
offer (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to present as an act of worship or devotion - sacrifice
b) to utter (as a prayer) in devotion
2.
a) to present for acceptance or rejection - tender was offered a job
b) to present in order to satisfy a requirement - candidates for degrees may offer French as one of their foreign languages
3.
a) - propose suggest offer a solution to a problem
b) to declare one's readiness or willingness - offered to help me
4.
a) to try or begin to exert - put up offered stubborn resistance
b) - threaten offered to strike him with his cane
5.
to make available - afford , especially to place (merchandise) on sale
6.
to present in performance or exhibition
7.
intransitive verb
to propose as payment - bid
1.
to present something as an act of worship or devotion - sacrifice
2.
archaic to make an attempt
3.
to present itself
4.
to make a proposal (as of marriage)
offer (noun)
1.
a) a presenting of something for acceptance - considering job offers from several firms an offer of marriage
b) an undertaking to do an act or give something on condition that the party to whom the proposal is made do some specified act or make a return promise
2.
obsolete - offering
3.
a price named by one proposing to buy - bid
4.
a) - attempt try
b) an action or movement indicating a purpose or intention
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
offer (noun)
1.
an effort to do or accomplish something
SYNONYMS:
assay, bash, bid, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirl
RELATED WORDS:
striving, struggle, throes, undertaking; trial and error
offer (noun)
2.
something which is presented for consideration
SYNONYMS:
offer, proffer, proposition, suggestion
RELATED WORDS:
counteroffer, counterproposal, countersuggestion; feeler, overture; motion; advancement, nomination, recommendation; bid, presentation, submission, submittal, tender; arrangement, game, ground plan, layout, line, plan, plot, project, strategy, system; conception, idea, notion, theory, thought
offer (verb)
1.
to put before another for acceptance or consideration
SYNONYMS:
extend, give, proffer, tender, trot out
RELATED WORDS:
pose, propose; hold out; give in, submit; volunteer
run by ( run past)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
accept, receive, take; accredit, approbate, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, finalize, formalize, homologate, OK ( okay), ratify, sanction, warrant; decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, reject, turn down, veto; rebuff, rebut, refuse, spurn; retract, withdraw; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook
offer (verb)
2.
to set before the mind for consideration
SYNONYMS:
advance, bounce, offer, pose, proffer, propound, suggest, vote
RELATED WORDS:
move; nominate, recommend; present, submit, tender, trot out; file, lay, lodge; arrange, calculate, chart, contrive, cover, frame, map, plan, plot, shape
offer (verb)
3.
to bring before the public in performance or exhibition
SYNONYMS:
carry, give, mount, offer, stage
RELATED WORDS:
display, exhibit, expose, parade, show, show off, unveil; preview; act, impersonate, perform, play, portray; depict, dramatize, enact, render, represent; extend, proffer, tender
offer (verb)
4.
to give up as an offering to a god
SYNONYMS:
immolate, offer
RELATED WORDS:
consecrate, dedicate, devote; give, hand over, surrender, yield
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