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  • 1A thing offered, especially as a gift or contribution.

    ‘animals as sacrificial offerings’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inevitably, there are donuts or other sugared offerings present.’
    • ‘Mueck's newest offerings were simply presented on white wooden plinths.’
    • ‘Turkey, in particular, had a heavy presence at the show, with each exhibitor presenting offerings in disparate areas.’
    • ‘Two years ago, the dot-com industry began to implode, along with their freebie offerings.’
    • ‘This is a boon for those who can follow a recipe but would like to know how to present the final offering.’
    • ‘Anyone and everyone is invited to submit a picture of themselves and these offerings are then rated on a scale from one to 10.’
    • ‘Dora's initial answer places her parents in a balanced gift economy, in which her father's offerings satisfy her mother's desires.’
    • ‘A small amount of money offerings are collected to aid in the preparation of the funeral.’
    • ‘Surely Hawkins's contribution to the corpus will stand as one of the offerings most deserving of the laurel wreath the poet himself desired.’
    • ‘‘But it is important to provide a good selection of vegetarian food, and I don't just mean a token offering,’ added Tina.’
    • ‘Richie's latest peace offering to Tony only manages to add fuel to the fire.’
    • ‘There is, for example, little to differentiate their offerings from the competition.’
    • ‘Today's offering may be a little less edited than usual however.’
    contribution, donation, benefaction, gift, present, handout, widow's mite, subscription
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    1. 1.1A thing produced or manufactured for entertainment or sale.
      ‘Hollywood's latest offerings for the European market’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These new mobile entertainment offerings are based on the consumers' desire to take the TV out of the living room and enjoy it on the go.’
      • ‘Detailed information about its fleet, in flight dining and entertainment, and duty-free offerings are available on the website.’
      • ‘During his tenure, he has started and commercialized several product offerings.’
      • ‘Creative has added music production to its range of sound card offerings.’
      • ‘Product offerings ranged from stocking rustic wood samples to manufacturing 23-karat ornate gold frames.’
      • ‘Allow insurers to expand their product offerings to include group insurance, health and pension plans.’
      • ‘They must be quick to bring new and differentiated product offerings to market.’
      • ‘The commercial offerings are very impressive, but tend to have a price tag to match.’
      • ‘The gift shop's offerings bear silent witness to a half century of American scientific discovery.’
      • ‘On the first day of the offering there was negligible subscription from the market.’
      • ‘Even if gift items are not a part of the usual shop offerings, framers should consider adding some now.’
      • ‘Other commercial galleries in Wynwood are presenting a range of offerings.’
      • ‘Well, it's a Paramount disc, and all the things that usually come with the studio's offerings are present here.’
      • ‘‘Low carb has made a major impact on our present and future offerings,’ she says.’
      • ‘And for those of us jaded by too many over-packaged seasonal movie offerings, he's a Christmas gift that just keeps on giving.’
      • ‘Inside, customers are presented with an eclectic offering of well designed, objects ranging from bars of soap to sofas and beds.’
      • ‘The laugh a minute guys present this weeks tedious offerings of up to date music listened to by the nation.’
    2. 1.2A contribution, especially of money, to a Church.
      ‘offerings during Lent will always be gratefully received’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the old days, servants would be given time-off and worshippers would present offerings to their Mother Church.’
      • ‘The organizers must foot that bill with their churches' tithes and offerings.’
      • ‘At the same time bible-based cults may ridicule churches that take up free-will offerings by passing collection plates and/or sell literature and tapes.’
      • ‘Depositing intact means not allowing cash in the offering to be used for the payment of church expenses or to be exchanged for other cash or a check.’
      • ‘Stewardship is more than making offerings at church.’
      • ‘The church takes offerings, but it doesn't offer much guidance on where the money goes after it hits the collection plate.’
      • ‘The priests would not accept Roman money for offerings, and the money exchangers gave rates at their own whim.’
      • ‘We were giving out allowances and we always give it to them in change, so they can take their offering to church.’
      • ‘It is indicated in the fact only about 25% of Christian tithe and give thanksgiving offerings to God.’
      • ‘It exploits the good intentions and generosity of Church members whose Sunday offerings are used in this selfish and disproportionate way.’
      • ‘Anything that is given to the church was a freewill offering - ranging from 0% upwards.’
      • ‘If you are a church member, how do you know that your tithes and offerings are being used wisely?’
      • ‘Some can charge admission for an event, even in church, while others rely on freewill offerings only and trust in the Lord's blessing.’
      • ‘Conflict shows itself in the spouse who resents increasing the tithe the family makes to the church or becomes upset when asked to make a special offering.’
      • ‘Representatives of the congregation bring the people's offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant.’
      • ‘The special mass was enhanced by a performance by a choir of over 30 present pupils, while a number of past pupils offered gifts, prayers and offerings.’
      • ‘Cost for the dinner is a free-will offering along with the donation of one canned food item.’
      offering, offertory, tithe
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    3. 1.3A thing offered as a religious sacrifice or token of devotion.
      ‘the Buddhist ritual for offerings to the dead’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Observing the flames of ritual fire offerings is also a form of divination.’
      • ‘Kumar notes that the Yajur Veda describes the preparation of rice cakes as a ritual offering.’
      • ‘Spices were used as incense for the sacrificial offerings, which in our time is represented by Tefillah, prayer.’
      • ‘They are also attracted by the religious offerings of the Hindus in temples and try to emulate them.’
      • ‘Their demeanour indicated that they had not come to honour Manat or to leave a token offering.’
      • ‘Along with animal sacrifices, and offerings from other crops, libations of wine were poured out to the gods by Italians and Greeks.’
      • ‘Those rituals involved animal sacrifice and blood offerings to Mother Earth.’
      • ‘The festival lasts ten days, with numerous rituals and offerings to the gods.’
      • ‘The figures were also created as ritual offerings to the gods during weddings and festivals.’
      • ‘Farmers present offerings and gifts to the deities for a successful harvest season and pray for bumper crops in the next.’
      • ‘The villagers support their monks with food, gifts, and offerings to Buddha.’
      • ‘The Celts built bonfires and fired animals as sacrificial offerings to their death god.’
      • ‘In the morning, families prepare food and offerings to be presented to the monks the next day, New Years Day.’
      • ‘The psalmist had adapted this picture to refer to the spiritual offerings of prayer, praise and proclamation.’
      • ‘They give donations to the sadhus - regarded as offerings to the gods - and get their blessing in return.’
      • ‘On the day they burn special ‘money’ as an offering to the deceased.’
      • ‘Often, they leave behind fresh fruit and flowers, and some even burn paper money and other offerings to the souls of their ancestors.’
      sacrifice, oblation, burnt offering, peace offering, thank-offering, immolation, libation, first fruits, tribute, dedication
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