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Offer vs. Provide: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 12, 2023
"Offer" implies presenting something for acceptance or rejection, while "Provide" means to supply or make something available.

Key Differences

Definition
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Presenting something for acceptance or rejection.
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To supply or make available.
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Intent
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Carries an element of choice.
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Focuses on fulfilling a need or requirement.
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Business Context
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Proposing a product or service for purchase.
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Delivering the purchased product or service.
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Sequence
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Often precedes the act of providing.
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Follows the act of offering, in many scenarios.
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Implied Action
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Potential action depending on acceptance.
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Direct action of giving or supplying.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Presenting something for acceptance or rejection.
To supply or make available.
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Intent

Carries an element of choice.
Focuses on fulfilling a need or requirement.
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Business Context

Proposing a product or service for purchase.
Delivering the purchased product or service.
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Sequence

Often precedes the act of providing.
Follows the act of offering, in many scenarios.
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Implied Action

Potential action depending on acceptance.
Direct action of giving or supplying.
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Offer and Provide Definitions

Offer

To propose a possible plan or course of action.
They offered a solution to the problem.
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Provide

To make available for use.
The school provides books for the students.
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Offer

To express a willingness to do something.
He offered to help with the move.
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Provide

To supply what is needed or required.
Parents should provide for their children's needs.
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Offer

To present for acceptance or rejection; proffer
Offered me a drink.
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Provide

To stipulate or establish as a condition.
The contract provides for a monthly payment.
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Offer

To put forward for consideration; propose
Offer an opinion.
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Provide

To make available (something needed or desired); furnish
Provide food and shelter for a family.
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Offer

To present in order to meet a need or satisfy a requirement
Offered new statistics in order to facilitate the decision-making process.
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Provide

To supply something needed or desired to
Provided her family with food.
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Offer

To present as an act of worship
Offer a prayer.
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Provide

To have as an available or desirable feature; afford
A room that provides ample sunlight through French windows.
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Offer

To propose as payment; bid
Offered only half what I was asking for the car.
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Provide

To set down as a stipulation or requirement
An agreement that provides deadlines for completion of the work.
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Offer

To make available; afford
The situation offers us the opportunity to learn more.
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Provide

(Archaic) To make ready ahead of time; prepare.
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Offer

To present for sale
Those boots are being offered at half price.
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Provide

To take measures in preparation
Provided for the common defense of the states in time of war.
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Offer

To provide; furnish
A hotel that offers conference facilities.
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Provide

To supply means of subsistence
She provides for her family by working in a hospital.
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Offer

To exhibit readiness or desire (to do something); volunteer
Offered to carry the packages.
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Provide

To make a stipulation or requirement
The Constitution provides for a bicameral legislature.
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Offer

To engage in; put up
Partisans who offered strong resistance to the invaders.
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Provide

To make a living; earn money for necessities.
It is difficult to provide for my family working on minimum wage.
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Offer

To threaten
Offered to leave without them if they didn't hurry.
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Provide

To act to prepare for something.
Provide against disaster.
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Offer

To produce or introduce on the stage
The repertory group is offering two new plays this season.
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Provide

To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate.
The contract provides that the work be well done.
I'll lend you the money, provided that you pay it back by Monday.
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Offer

To present an offering in worship or devotion.
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Provide

To give what is needed or desired, especially basic needs.
Don't bother bringing equipment, as we will provide it.
We aim to provide the local community with more green spaces.
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Offer

To make an offer or proposal, especially of marriage.
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Provide

To furnish (with), cause to be present.
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Offer

To present itself
"This plan was dropped, because of its risk, and because a better offered" (T.E. Lawrence).
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Provide

To make possible or attainable.
He provides us with an alternative option.
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Offer

(Baseball) To swing at a pitch. Used of a batter.
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Provide

To foresee, to consider in advance.
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Offer

The act of offering
An offer of assistance.
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Provide

To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See provisor.
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Offer

Something, such as a suggestion, proposal, bid, or recommendation, that is offered
Did you accept his offer for the car?.
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Provide

To look out for in advance; to procure beforehand; to get, collect, or make ready for future use; to prepare.
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Offer

(Law) A proposal that if accepted constitutes a legally binding contract.
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Provide

To supply; to afford; to contribute.
Bring me berries, or such cooling fruitAs the kind, hospitable woods provide.
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Offer

The condition of being offered, especially for sale
Thousands of bushels of wheat on offer.
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Provide

To furnish; to supply; - formerly followed by of, now by with.
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Offer

A proposal that has been made.
What's in his offer?
I decline your offer to contract.
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Provide

To establish as a previous condition; to stipulate; as, the contract provides that the work be well done.
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Offer

Something put forth, bid, proffered or tendered.
His offer was $3.50 per share.
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Provide

To foresee.
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Offer

(legal) 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.
His first letter was not a real offer, but an attempt to determine interest.
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Provide

To appoint to an ecclesiastical benefice before it is vacant. See Provisor.
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Offer

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

To procure supplies or means in advance; to take measures beforehand in view of an expected or a possible future need, especially a danger or an evil; - followed by against or for; as, to provide against the inclemency of the weather; to provide for the education of a child.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.
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Offer

(intransitive) To propose or express one's willingness (to do something).
She offered to help with her homework.
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Provide

To stipulate previously; to condition; as, the agreement provides for an early completion of the work.
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Offer

(transitive) To present in words; to proffer; to make a proposal of; to suggest.
Everybody offered an opinion.
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Provide

Provide or furnish with;
We provided the room with an electrical heater
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Offer

(transitive) To place at someone’s disposal; to present (something) to be either accepted or turned down.
He offered use of his car for the week.
He offered his good will for the Councilman's vote.
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Provide

Provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance;
The hostess provided lunch for all the guests
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Offer

(transitive) To present (something) to God or gods as a gesture of worship, or for a sacrifice.
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Provide

Determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation;
The will provides that each child should receive half of the money
The Constitution provides for the right to free speech
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Offer

To place (something) in a position where it can be added to an existing mechanical assembly.
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Provide

Mount or put up;
Put up a good fight
Offer resistance
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Offer

(transitive) To bid, as a price, reward, or wages.
I offered twenty dollars for it. The company is offering a salary of £30,000 a year.
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Provide

Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain;
This leaves no room for improvement
The evidence allows only one conclusion
Allow for mistakes
Leave lots of time for the trip
This procedure provides for lots of leeway
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Offer

(intransitive) To happen, to present itself.
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Provide

Supply means of subsistence; earn a living;
He provides for his large family by working three jobs
Women nowadays not only take care of the household but also bring home the bacon
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Offer

(obsolete) To make an attempt; typically used with at.
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Provide

Take measures in preparation for;
Provide for the proper care of the passengers on the cruise ship
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Offer

(transitive) To put in opposition to; to manifest in an offensive or defensive way; to threaten.
To offer violence to somebody
The peasants offered no resistance as they were rounded up.
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Provide

To equip or outfit for a purpose.
The army provides soldiers with uniforms.
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Offer

To present, as an act of worship; to immolate; to sacrifice; to present in prayer or devotion; - often with up.
Thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement.
A holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices.
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Provide

To make arrangements in advance.
She provided for her family in her will.
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Offer

To bring to or before; to hold out to; to present for acceptance or rejection; as, to offer a present, or a bribe; to offer one's self in marriage.
I offer thee three things.
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Offer

To present in words; to proffer; to make a proposal of; to suggest; as, to offer an opinion. With the infinitive as an objective: To make an offer; to declare one's willingness; as, he offered to help me.
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Offer

To attempt; to undertake.
All that offer to defend him.
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Offer

To bid, as a price, reward, or wages; as, to offer a guinea for a ring; to offer a salary or reward.
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Offer

To put in opposition to; to manifest in an offensive way; to threaten; as, to offer violence, attack, etc.
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Offer

To present itself; to be at hand.
The occasion offers, and the youth complies.
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Offer

To make an attempt; to make an essay or a trial; - used with at.
He would be offering at the shepherd's voice.
I will not offer at that I can not master.
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Offer

The act of offering, bringing forward, proposing, or bidding; a proffer; a first advance.
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Offer

That which is offered or brought forward; a proposal to be accepted or rejected; a sum offered; a bid.
When offers are disdained, and love denied.
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Offer

Attempt; endeavor; essay; as, he made an offer to catch the ball.
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Offer

The verbal act of offering;
A generous offer of assistance
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Offer

Something offered (as a proposal or bid);
Noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds
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Offer

A usually brief attempt;
He took a crack at it
I gave it a whirl
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Offer

Make available or accessible, provide or furnish;
The conference center offers a health spa
The hotel offers private meeting rooms
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Offer

Present for acceptance or rejection;
She offered us all a cold drink
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Offer

Agree freely;
She volunteered to drive the old lady home
I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it
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Offer

Put forward for consideration;
He offered his opinion
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Offer

Offer verbally;
Extend my greetings
He offered his sympathy
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Offer

Make available for sale;
The stores are offering specials on sweaters this week
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Offer

Propose a payment;
The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting
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Offer

Produce or introduce on the stage;
The Shakespeare Company is offering `King Lear' this month
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Offer

Present as an act of worship;
Offer prayers to the gods
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Offer

Mount or put up;
Put up a good fight
Offer resistance
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Offer

Make available; provide;
Extend a loan
The bank offers a good deal on new mortgages
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Offer

Ask (someone) to marry you;
He popped the question on Sunday night
She proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months
The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman
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Offer

Threaten to do something;
I offered to leave the committee if they did not accept my proposal
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Offer

To present for acceptance or rejection.
She offered him a piece of cake.
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Offer

To put forward for consideration.
She offered her perspective on the issue.
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Offer

To produce or provide something in large amounts.
The orchard offers plenty of apples every season.
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FAQs

What does "offer" typically imply?

"Offer" implies presenting something for acceptance or rejection.
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Can "offer" and "provide" be used interchangeably?

While related, they have distinct nuances and aren't always interchangeable.
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In what scenario might a person "provide" assistance?

Someone might provide assistance if another is struggling with a task.
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Is an offer always binding?

No, an offer can be non-binding, depending on context and terms.
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Can you "offer" a suggestion?

Yes, offering a suggestion means giving someone an idea to consider.
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What's the primary meaning of "provide"?

"Provide" means to supply or make something available.
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What's a common synonym for "provide"?

A common synonym for "provide" is "supply."
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Is "offer" always about selling something?

No, "offer" can be used in various contexts, not just sales.
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When might "provide" be used in an educational context?

Schools provide education, resources, or facilities to students.
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Can a country provide aid?

Yes, countries can provide aid to others in need.
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How is "offer" used in a business context?

Businesses offer products or services to potential customers.
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How is "provide" used in a technological context?

Tech companies can provide software, hardware, or digital services.
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How does "provide" relate to services?

To provide services means to perform tasks or duties for others.
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How does "provide" relate to obligations?

"Provide" often carries a sense of duty, especially when fulfilling a need.
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Can an "offer" be declined?

Yes, an offer can be accepted or declined.
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What does it mean to "provide for" someone?

To "provide for" means to ensure someone has what they need, like food or shelter.
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Can an "offer" have conditions?

Yes, offers can have stipulations or conditions attached.
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Is making an "offer" proactive?

Generally, yes. Making an offer usually involves taking initiative.
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Are job offers considered formal?

Typically, yes. Job offers are formal propositions for employment.
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Can you "offer" condolences?

Yes, offering condolences is expressing sympathy towards someone's loss.
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