distribute vs offer what difference

what is difference between distribute and offer

English

Etymology

From Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere (to divide, distribute), from dis- (apart) + tribuere (to give, impart); see tribute.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɨˈstɹɪbjuːt/, /ˈdɪstɹɨbjuːt/
  • (General American) enPR: dĭ-strĭbʹyo͞ot, IPA(key): /dɪˈstɹɪbjut/
  • Rhymes: -ɪbjuːt, -ɪstɹɪbjuːt
  • Hyphenation: dis‧trib‧ute

Verb

distribute (third-person singular simple present distributes, present participle distributing, simple past and past participle distributed)

  1. (transitive) To divide into portions and dispense.
  2. (transitive) To supply to retail outlets.
  3. (transitive) To deliver or pass out.
  4. (transitive) To scatter or spread.
  5. (transitive) To apportion (more or less evenly).
  6. (transitive) To classify or separate into categories.
  7. (intransitive, mathematics) To be distributive.
  8. (printing) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases.
  9. (printing) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
  10. (logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
    • 1826, Richard Whately, Elements of Logic
      A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to.

Synonyms

  • (to divide into portions and dispense): allot, dispend, parcel out; see also Thesaurus:distribute
  • (to deliver or pass out): courier
  • (to scatter or spread): disperse, sparble, strew; see also Thesaurus:disperse
  • (to classify or separate into categories): categorize, sort; see also Thesaurus:classify

Translations

Derived terms

Further reading

  • distribute in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • distribute in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • turbidites

Latin

Etymology

From distribūtus, participle of distribuō (distribute, apportion)

Adverb

distribūtē (comparative distribūtius, superlative distribūtissimē)

  1. orderly, methodically

Related terms

  • distribuō
  • distribūtiō
  • distribūtus

References

  • distribute in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)


English

Alternative forms

  • offre (obsolete)

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒfə(ɹ)/, /ˈɔːfə(ɹ)/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɔfɚ/
  • (cotcaught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈɑfɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɒfə(ɹ), -ɔːfə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: of‧fer

Etymology 1

From Middle English offer, from Old English offrian (offer or make a sacrifice) rather than from Old French offre (offer), from offrir (to offer), from Latin offerō (to present, bring before). Compare North Frisian offer (sacrifice, donation, fee), Dutch offer (offering, sacrifice), German Opfer (victim, sacrifice), Danish offer (victim, sacrifice), Icelandic offr (offering). See verb below.

Noun

offer (plural offers)

  1. A proposal that has been made.
  2. Something put forth, bid, proffered or tendered.
  3. (law) An invitation to enter into a binding contract communicated to another party which contains terms sufficiently definite to create an enforceable contract if the other party accepts the invitation.
Derived terms
  • make an offer
Descendants
  • Tokelauan: ofo
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English offren, offrien, from Old English offrian (to offer, sacrifice, bring an oblation), from Latin offerō (to present, bestow, bring before, literally to bring to), from Latin ob + ferō (bring, carry), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (to carry, bear), later reinforced by Old French offrir (to offer). Cognate with Old Frisian offria (to offer), Old Dutch offrōn (to offer), German opfern (to offer), Old Norse offra (to offer). More at ob-, bear.

Verb

offer (third-person singular simple present offers, present participle offering, simple past and past participle offered)

  1. (intransitive) To propose or express one’s willingness (to do something).
  2. (transitive) To present in words; to proffer; to make a proposal of; to suggest.
  3. (transitive) To place at someone’s disposal; to present (something) to be either accepted or turned down.
  4. (transitive) To present (something) to God or gods as a gesture of worship, or for a sacrifice.
    • 1611, Bible (King James Version), Exodus xxix. 36
      Thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement.
  5. (transitive, engineering) To place (something) in a position where it can be added to an existing mechanical assembly.
  6. (transitive) To bid, as a price, reward, or wages.
  7. (intransitive) To happen, to present itself.
    • The occasion offers, and the youth complies.
  8. (obsolete) To make an attempt; typically used with at.
    • 1623, Francis Bacon, A Discourse of a War with Spain
      I will not offer at that I cannot master.
  9. (transitive) To put in opposition to; to manifest in an offensive way; to threaten.
Usage notes
  • This is a catenative verb that takes the to-infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
Related terms
  • offering
  • offertory
  • oblate
  • oblation
Translations

Etymology 3

off +‎ -er

Noun

offer (plural offers)

  1. (used in combinations from phrasal verbs) agent noun of off

Anagrams

  • offre, reffo

Danish

Noun

offer n (singular definite ofret or offeret, plural indefinite ofre)

  1. sacrifice
  2. victim

Inflection

Derived terms

  • slagteoffer
  • ofre

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔfər/
  • Hyphenation: of‧fer
  • Rhymes: -ɔfər

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch offere, from Old Dutch [Term?].

Noun

offer n (plural offers, diminutive offertje n)

  1. sacrifice
  2. victim
Derived terms
  • brandoffer
  • offeren
  • plengoffer
  • reukoffer
  • slachtoffer
  • zoenoffer
Descendants
  • Negerhollands: offer
  • Papiamentu: offer (dated)

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb

offer

  1. first-person singular present indicative of offeren
  2. imperative of offeren

Latin

Verb

offer

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of offerō

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse offr

Noun

offer n (definite singular offeret, indefinite plural offer or ofre, definite plural ofra or ofrene)

  1. a sacrifice
  2. a victim, a casualty

Derived terms

  • dødsoffer
  • selvmordsoffer

References

  • “offer” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse offr.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɔfɛr/ (example of pronunciation)

Noun

offer n (definite singular offeret, indefinite plural offer, definite plural offera)

  1. a sacrifice
  2. a victim, a casualty

Derived terms

  • dødsoffer

References

  • “offer” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse offr.

Pronunciation

Noun

offer n

  1. sacrifice
  2. victim

Declension

Derived terms

References

  • offer in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)
  • offer in Svensk ordbok (SO)
  • offer in Svenska Akademiens ordbok (SAOB)
  • offer in Elof Hellquist, Svensk etymologisk ordbok (1st ed., 1922)
  • offer in Knut Fredrik Söderwall, Ordbok öfver svenska medeltids-språket, del 2:1: M-T

Anagrams

  • Roffe

Welsh

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin offerenda.

Pronunciation

  • (North Wales, standard, colloquial) IPA(key): /ˈɔfɛr/
    • (North Wales, colloquial) IPA(key): /ˈɔfar/
  • (South Wales) IPA(key): /ˈoːfɛr/, /ˈɔfɛr/

Noun

offer f (plural offerau or offeriau or offrau)

  1. equipment

Mutation

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