off·​shore | \ ˈȯf-ˈshȯr How to pronounce offshore (audio) \

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 How to pronounce offshore (audio) \

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 How to pronounce offshore (audio) \

Definition of offshore (Entry 3 of 3)

: off the shore of

Synonyms for offshore

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of offshore in a Sentence

Adjective 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The site is nearly the size of eight Manhattan islands about 20 miles offshore and could generate more than 1.3 gigawatts of energy at full capacity within 10 years, enough to power half a million homes—roughly the population of Raleigh, N.C. Jennifer Hiller, WSJ, 11 May 2022 And so one morning last August, about 30 of Woodburn’s family and friends took a yacht from Long Beach Harbor to a spot six miles offshore to watch the crew on a second boat slide Woodburn’s stainless steel casket into the ocean. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 In 1832, Charles Darwin witnessed hundreds of ballooning spiders landing on the HMS Beagle while some 60 miles offshore. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 Betting sites, once anchored offshore and operating in the hazy space between legal and not, now advertise loudly, including before, during and after sports events. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Shipping containers—both full and empty—are piling up in U.S. ports, meaning incoming ships, laden with containers, will have to wait offshore until port space can be cleared. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 When ports are full, ships idle offshore with their engines – and emissions – still running. Renny Vandewege, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 There are views of Oregon’s coast from the tower, perched on a rugged island a mile offshore. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 Just offshore, the Humboldt Current wells up with nutrient-rich water, fueling a rich, teeming coastal ecosystem that's still one of the world's most productive fisheries. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ocean Wind 1 has signed contracts with companies that will build electrical substations on land and run power lines from the offshore wind farm to the onshore connection points. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 Even farther north, a developer has proposed to build the West Coast’s largest offshore wind farm, a 2,000-megawatt project, off the coast of Washington state. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The Lincolnshire port town is also home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Heather Farmbrough, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Wind turbines constructed on State Pier will serve Revolution Wind, Connecticut’s first offshore wind farm, as well as South Fork Wind and Sunrise Wind. Eliza Fawcett,, 22 Mar. 2022 Sparrows Point Steel will produce or handle just about every component needed to develop then operate and maintain an offshore wind farm, said Tim Mack, US Wind’s foundations and localization manager. Lorraine Mirabella,, 10 Feb. 2022 For instance, in March, the company became the full owner of the Netherlands’ first offshore wind farm. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 15 Nov. 2021 High-net-worth individuals often own aircraft through offshore holding companies to mask their ownership. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 More than five years after it was proposed, Parliament recently passed a law prohibiting people from hiding behind offshore companies when buying property. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The storm began organizing Friday offshore the Carolinas when two disturbances along the jet stream merged over the Southeast. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 As of this writing, more than 70 container ships are idling offshore the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach because there are not enough dockworkers to unload the cargo, nor are there enough truck drivers to transport the goods. Adam Strauss, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Salmon fishing has been given an additional boost by large schools of juvenile anchovies that have arrived this month offshore the Bay Area coast and in San Francisco Bay. Tom Stienstra,, 21 Aug. 2020 As for crude inventories, there are also ample stockpiles being housed in onshore tanks and vessels offshore that could hit the market as the economics of storing the crude becomes less attractive. Serene Cheong,, 20 May 2020 Echoing Lynch’s comments, Al Cook, executive vice president of Global Strategy and Business Development at Equinor, pointed out the company’s investments in carbon capture and storage near Norway, and a wind energy project offshore Scotland. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2020 Apache has pinned high hopes on Suriname after Exxon Mobil started developing huge oil projects offshore of neighboring Guyana. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, 7 Jan. 2020 Exxon and Hess have announced at least 6 billion barrels of recoverable resources offshore of Guyana with first production coming online either late this year or in early 2020. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, 12 Aug. 2019 Computer models generally project that the storm center should remain far enough offshore the coast of Georgia to limit winds to tropical-storm force (39 to 73 mph) and rainfall totals to 3 to 6 inches. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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“Offshore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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off·​shore | \ ˈȯf-ˌshȯr How to pronounce offshore (audio) \

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 How to pronounce offshore (audio) \

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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