Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

offshore

play
adverb off·shore \ˈȯf-ˈshȯr\

Definition of offshore

  1. 1 :  from the shore :  seaward; also :  at a distance from the shore

  2. 2 :  outside the country :  abroad




2

offshore

play
adjective off·shore \ˈȯf-ˌ\

Simple Definition of offshore

  • : moving away from the shore toward the water

  • : located in the ocean away from the shore

  • : located in a foreign country

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of offshore

  1. 1 :  coming or moving away from the shore toward the water <an offshore breeze>

  2. 2 a :  situated off the shore but within waters under a country's control <offshore fisheries> b :  distant from the shore — compare inshore

  3. 3 :  situated or operating in a foreign country <offshore mutual funds> <offshore banking>

Examples of offshore in a sentence

  1. We sailed to an offshore island.

  2. He works on an offshore oil rig.

  3. They opened an offshore bank account.

  4. He traced the money to an offshore investment company.



1845

First Known Use of offshore

1845

Other Oceanography Terms


3

offshore

play
preposition off·shore \ˈȯf-ˌ\

Definition of offshore

  1. :  off the shore of



1965

First Known Use of offshore

1965


OFFSHORE Defined for Kids

1

offshore

play
adjective off·shore \ˈȯf-ˌshȯr\

Definition of offshore for Students

  1. 1 :  coming or moving away from the shore <an offshore breeze>

  2. 2 :  located off the shore <offshore oil>




2

offshore

play
adverb off·shore \ˈȯf-ˈshȯr\

Definition of offshore for Students

  1. :  from the shore :  at a distance from the shore <He swam offshore.> <The boat is anchored offshore.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up offshore? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a representation of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

melancholy philistine frenetic lazy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ