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, nearshore, shoreside

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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

Chinese companies flocked to the global capital markets in recent years because borrowing offshore was cheaper than in mainland China, where credit conditions were less hospitable. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Distress Signal: Risky Chinese Bonds Leave Investors Underwater," 29 Nov. 2018 At this time of year, high atmospheric pressure often sets up inland over higher-elevation land, with low pressure offshore. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 The ship can fire the missile from hundreds of miles offshore, well out of range of Syrian air defenses. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "U.S., Allies Weighing a More Severe Response to Syria's Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack," 10 Apr. 2018 China’s regulators have in recent months tightened controls on capital moving offshore, by restricting large foreign-currency purchases and remittances by business and individuals. WSJ, "Strong Dollar Hits China’s Foreign-Exchange Reserves," 7 Nov. 2018 Forecasters said it was expected to continue toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain, before the system moves offshore again. Fox News, "Wilmington Isle: Food, water handouts set in isolated city," 18 Sep. 2018 Florida also has existing regulations to limit offshore drilling. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Florida passed this year’s weirdest ballot initiative: a ban on vaping and offshore drilling," 7 Nov. 2018 The officials said that other Marine response teams are positioned offshore on board the USS Iwo Jima. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Turkey recalls ambassadors to US, Israel over embassy move," 14 May 2018 Most of the brand’s apparel and footwear is made offshore by manufacturers in more than a dozen countries, including China, Jordan, Vietnam and Indonesia. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Under Armour joins chorus of protest over new China tariffs proposed by Trump," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The company has deployed the offshore supply ship Seabed Constructor to where company experts believe the submarine could be located. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Looking for the Lost Sub That Disappeared One Year Ago," 16 Nov. 2018 Like Manafort, his payments went through offshore accounts in Cyprus. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "A Paul Manafort and Cambridge Analytica associate just struck a plea deal," 31 Aug. 2018 The prosecution depicted Manafort as using the millions of dollars hidden in offshore accounts to fund a luxurious lifestyle. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Closing arguments set in Manafort’s financial fraud trial," 14 Aug. 2018 If the crime involves offshore accounts or companies, U.S. officials have to query the governments of those countries to get information. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why financial criminals use real estate to launder money," 10 Aug. 2018 Instead, the Malloy administration committed Connecticut to buying offshore wind power that will be offered to the New England power grid. Stephen Singer,, "State Taps First-Ever Offshore Wind Power In Clean Energy Program," 13 June 2018 In 2011, Linden, Dedrick, and Kraemer studied the iPod, which was largely produced offshore. Emily Stewart, Vox, "How much would the iPhone cost if it were made in America?," 21 Sep. 2018 That's why the offshore export facility will become the latest addition to the Gulf Coast. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Offshore Mega-Terminals Are Coming Because Oil Supertankers Are Too Big for Our Ports," 14 Sep. 2018 So first is accumulating another 10 billion in offshore cash, like what are ways to reinvest that back into the community? Eric Johnson, Recode, "The tech industry needs to reckon with the dark side of advertising, WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg says," 2 Aug. 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


off·​shore | \ˈȯf-ˈshȯr \

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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