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

The Lowdown / Finding Fine Inns and Fried Oysters in Apalachicola Seaside homes on the barrier Island Saint George, 4 miles offshore from Apalachicola. Gully Wells, WSJ, "A Trip to the Florida of Yore," 12 Dec. 2018 Moonilal is a lawmaker from the opposition United National Congress party in Trinidad and Tobago, which is just offshore from Venezuela. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Pirates Have Returned to the Caribbean Off the Coast of Venezuela," 13 Aug. 2018 Toronto Islands The Toronto Islands, located just offshore from Downtown Toronto, are a 820-acre car-free haven. Stefanie Waldek, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Toronto," 27 June 2018 Mostly people who are near the lava entry on the southern coast, either on land or in boats just offshore. NBC News, "What is 'laze'? Toxic gas plume created by Hawaii volcano," 22 May 2018 Sri and his stepson, Trey Albrecht, had been free diving and spearfishing 600 feet offshore from Lanikai Beach, on the east shore of Oahu, when they were run over by a 24-foot Zodiac boat driven by Sai Hansen. Jamie Goldberg,, "Through the death of her father and a battle with mental illness, Mana Shim perseveres," 7 Apr. 2018 The station recently worked with an environmental group to plant a nearly mile-long oyster reef offshore from its pier. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelines," 10 Jan. 2018 The secretary drew sharp criticism for opening up federal waters adjacent to states that didn't want offshore drilling, while exempting Florida from the same treatment after a meeting from the state's Republican governor. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week," 16 Dec. 2018 The storm had blown offshore, but Alana would still need to guard against incoming waves. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the past, President Nicolás Maduro has slammed Exxon’s offshore oil operations in Guyana as a provocation. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuela-Guyana Feud Halts Exxon Project," 24 Dec. 2018 But those take the form of long, difficult-to-parse tax documents, and crafty philanthropists can get around these requirements by starting up offshore foundations. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Trump Foundation shows just how preposterously light our oversight of charity is," 20 Dec. 2018 This is the most expensive offshore wind deal in the country’s history. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Just Finalized The Largest Offshore Wind Sale in the Nation's History," 17 Dec. 2018 Zinke also cleared the way for offshore wind development on some Atlantic coast federal waters. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week," 16 Dec. 2018 The five-year plan would open 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves to private development. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Environmental groups to sue over offshore drilling tests," 10 Dec. 2018 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

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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