off·shore | \ˈȯf-ˈshȯr \

Definition of offshore 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

2 : outside the country : abroad


off·shore | \ˈȯf-ˌshȯr \

Definition of offshore (Entry 2 of 3)

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

2a : situated off the shore but within waters under a country's control offshore fisheries

b : distant from the shore — compare inshore

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


off·shore | \ˈȯf-ˌshȯr \

Definition of offshore (Entry 3 of 3)

: off the shore of

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Synonyms for offshore

Synonyms: Adjective

alongshore, coastal, inshore, littoral

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Examples of offshore in a Sentence


We sailed to an offshore island. He works on an offshore oil rig. They opened an offshore bank account. He traced the money to an offshore investment company.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The islands are found in Lee County in southwest Florida, located just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Cassie Armstrong,, "Seashell Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 21 June 2018 Tempur-Sealy: Demand can be pretty variable, and a long lead time offshore in supply chain makes reacting more difficult. Popular Mechanics, "The Future of American Manufacturing," 23 May 2018 Hoping after last year’s hurricanes, the rental abode isn’t floating offshore somewhere near the Azores. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 While Chris is expected to strengthen into a hurricane, the current forecast track from the National Hurricane Center has the storm remaining offshore. Joel Langstein, Fox News, "How African dust is subduing US hurricanes," 9 July 2018 In the early 1970s, Russell served offshore on a destroyer during the Vietnam War. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As he fought cancer, Oconomowoc swim coach led his team to a national championship," 3 July 2018 Donald Trump’s 2017 tax bill, for example, allowed drug makers to repatriate more than $175 billion banked offshore at giveaway rates. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 In January, Trump moved to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Trump Reverses Obama-Era Ocean Policy Because He Is A Sad, Spiteful Man," 24 June 2018 So far, trade winds have been mostly blowing the gray haze offshore. NBC News, "Hawaii Volcano: First 'laze,' now 'vog?'," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

House leaders just declined a proposal by Representative Patricia Haddad to double the offshore wind purchases. Jon Chesto,, "Mass. lawmakers wrap up work on energy legislation," 13 July 2018 Thanks to the discovery of massive offshore natural-gas fields, Israel has become an energy exporter. David Isaac, Jewish Journal, "Israel and China start conversation about mutual ties," 11 July 2018 Also, larvae sometimes drift out of streams and settle in the immediate offshore areas near stream mouths. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Scientists on the hunt for blood-sucking sea lampreys in metro Detroit," 22 May 2018 Separately, Pemex is seeking to relaunch tenders this year for the Ayin-Batsil and Nobilis-Maximino offshore areas with reduced minimum work commitments after the farm-outs failed to attract interest last year. Amy Stillman,, "Pemex's Trevino Rushes to Put House in Order Before Elections," 16 May 2018 Prior to that, anglers should look for fish in offshore staging areas in 10-25 feet of water near any brush close to traditional spawning areas. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Lakes and rivers around region reaching 60-degree mark | The Kansas City Star," 2 May 2018 Take his sudden plan to reorganize his 70,000-employee department, or to throw open offshore drilling areas—decisions that upset both conservatives and progressives. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "Could Ryan Zinke Lose His Job?," 23 Apr. 2018 Iraq plans to develop three blocks near the Kuwaiti border and seven close to Iran, as well as one offshore area in the Persian Gulf. Houston Chronicle, "Iraq said to delay oil auction over late contract tweaks," 12 Apr. 2018 Turkey has already disrupted plans by Cyprus to develop some of its offshore fields. The Economist, "Turkey and Greece ratchet up tension in the Mediterranean," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Iceland’s hope of finding oil offshore its coast is fading after China and Norway decided to back out of the island nation’s only remaining exploration license. Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir,, "Iceland’s Oil Dream Is in Peril," 23 Jan. 2018 Hurricane Jose, which had threatened the northern Caribbean a few days after Irma before turning north into the Atlantic, is moving slowly offshore of the central U.S. Atlantic Coast. José De Córdoba And, WSJ, "Hurricane Maria Bears Down on Puerto Rico After Battering Dominica," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of offshore


1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1942, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of offshore

: moving away from the shore toward the water

: located in the ocean away from the shore

: located in a foreign country


off·shore | \ˈȯf-ˌshȯr \

Kids Definition of offshore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : located off the shore offshore oil


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Kids Definition of offshore (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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