offshore

adverb
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

offshore

adjective
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

offshore

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

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Such offshore sites could store crude on shore and then pump it 15 miles offshore, where the deep water allows large ships to fill up. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 ExxonMobil will still keep its 30 percent stake in developments offshore of the Russian island Sakhalin, which is just north of Japan. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon Mobil abandons JV with Russia's largest oil company," 1 Mar. 2018 The blasts are conducted in preparation for potential offshore drilling, which the administration has proposed to expand from the Atlantic to the Arctic and Pacific oceans. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Environmental groups to sue over offshore drilling tests," 10 Dec. 2018 Workers -- and anyone else going offshore -- need to know what to do in the event of a crash or botched landing. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "One of our reporters spent a day learning how to escape from a sinking helicopter: Watch the video," 26 Feb. 2018 Andy Mattson, an accountant with Moss Adams LLP in California who advises Silicon Valley companies, said the number-issuing halt has delayed deals for startups, some of which are based offshore to prevent double taxation of investors. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "One Way Shutdown is Hindering Business: Inaccessible IRS Numbers," 10 Jan. 2019 Still, Apple is not connected to most communities by its big shoulders of factories (manufacturing is done offshore), but merely by its gadgets. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Another bite of the Apple: Beyond that trillion-dollar valuation," 7 Aug. 2018 If the low forms as predicted by models, the system could meander offshore for a few days. Jenny Staletovich And Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "Messy Gulf storm could become rare preseason tropical system | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 The idea is that this explosion could produce a giant tsunami far offshore, meaning the Poseidon would not even need to get close to the target and could destroy coastal cities from long range. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind Russia’s 'Apocalypse Torpedo'," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As with many ultra-high-net-worth families, their fortune is held in an opaque network of offshore trusts and other obscure entities. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Billion Dollar Divorces: What Happens When the Super Wealthy Risk Everything for Love on the Down-Low," 10 Apr. 2019 States like Georgia are also investigating their large potential for offshore wind. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 Khrapunov’s father-in-law, former BTA Bank chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov, is accused of embezzling billions of dollars from the bank and funneling the money into offshore entities. Michael R. Sisak, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit: Sater looked to launder cash through Trump projects," 25 Mar. 2019 For example: according to a new pre-print paper, the largest offshore volcanic event in recorded history happened last November. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "French Island Might Be Sitting On Top of Gigantic Underwater Magma Shift," 20 Mar. 2019 The broiling temperatures were the result of a strong high-pressure system combined with offshore winds blowing from the desert to the ocean, said Todd Hall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Sarah Parvini, latimes.com, "Southern California sets all-time heat records amid broiling conditions," 7 July 2018 The broiling temperatures were the result of a strong high-pressure system combined with offshore winds blowing from the desert to the ocean, said Todd Hall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Ruben Vives, Victoria Kim And Sarah Parvini, Anchorage Daily News, "Southern California sets all-time heat records," 7 July 2018 Qatar has long denied funding extremists, but Doha shares a massive offshore natural gas field with Tehran that gives its citizens the highest per-capita income in the world. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "Pompeo: Qatar diplomatic crisis ‘has dragged on too long’," 13 Jan. 2019 The investigation is focused on two Deutsche Bank employees, identified only by their ages, and potentially others who are suspected of helping their clients create offshore accounts and failing to alert the authorities of suspicious transactions. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Deutsche Bank’s German office raids (apparently) have nothing to do with Trump," 30 Nov. 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, Bloomberg.com, "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

Adverb

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

1942, in the meaning defined above

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offshore

adjective

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

offshore

adjective
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

offshore

adverb
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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