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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb However, in May of last year, a 26-year-old surfer was fatally bitten not far offshore of Manresa State Beach in Aptos. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Cruz is seeing more great white sharks. Now researchers know why.," 9 Feb. 2021 The storm is expected to weaken over the Midwest on Sunday evening, and rain in the Southeast will head offshore by Monday morning. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Nor'easter to slam East Coast, Mid-Atlantic," 31 Jan. 2021 Eventually a secondary low will form with this system across the eastern Carolinas, deepening near or offshore the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast coast late this weekend into early next week. Star Tribune, "Messy Wintry Precipitation Expected This Weekend," 29 Jan. 2021 Babe did as she was told, only to find that they’d been invited to a formal dinner offshore, where Gloria arrived completely decked out in fabulous jewels. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Anna Shay and Christine Chiu Aren't the First Elites to Have a Jewelry Feud," 26 Jan. 2021 The hazardous conditions come as two back-to-back low-pressure systems push against a mass of high-pressure air hanging offshore and giving rise to the unusually dry, mild weather in recent days, according to the National Weather Service. Kurtis Alexander,, "High surf advisory, wind warnings issued by National Weather Service," 16 Jan. 2021 At least three operate offshore in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom — even though the whole point of such trusts is that they are supposed to provide a US contact for the FAA., "Secrets in the sky," 13 Jan. 2021 One tool may be U.S.-made, while its competitor comes in from offshore. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About Hart Tools," 6 Jan. 2021 And the state historically relied on hardware manufacturing, an expensive segment that has shifted offshore in recent decades. oregonlive, "Flir, one of Oregon’s last homegrown technology companies, sells for $8 billion," 4 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective One area that is ripe for reducing noise is pile driving at offshore wind farms. Joseph Polidoro, Scientific American, "A Few Fixes Could Cut Noise Pollution That Hurts Ocean Animals," 23 Feb. 2021 There are also places to put solar and wind installations besides intact habitat, including Central Valley farmland with dwindling water supplies and, for wind turbines, floating offshore platforms. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Two Biden priorities, climate and conservation, collide in the California desert," 21 Jan. 2021 Maryland has formed a coalition with two states in the region to further projects that would bring offshore wind farms to the East Coast. Christine Condon,, "Maryland joins partnership with Virginia, North Carolina to advance offshore wind projects," 29 Oct. 2020 Another called for using offshore wind farms to slow down storms. Chris Perkins,, "A company says its ‘Bubble Curtain’ could snuff out hurricanes. Is it just another crazy idea, or could this one work?," 9 Oct. 2020 Just last year, Earthjustice initiated a lawsuit to halt offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico under the guise of the Endangered Species Act. Zhonette Brown, National Review, "Biden’s Activist Recruits Raise Risk of ‘Sue and Settle’ Collusion," 7 Feb. 2021 The president directed the Interior Department to review rules that are designed to prevent blowouts on offshore oil rigs. Tom Krisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden actions targeting climate change could have big impact on energy and auto industries," 21 Jan. 2021 Another interesting hire is Marissa Knodel, a former legislative counsel at Earthjustice, as a senior adviser at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which oversees offshore drilling. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Big Business and GOP split on Paris climate agreement," 21 Jan. 2021 The Yale researchers tried this strategy in real life—at two offshore oil-and-gas rigs owned by the Australian company BHP. Viviane Callier, Science, "Shorter quarantines could actually help prevent COVID-19 outbreaks," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition 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,, "‘Big and fat:’ COVID-delayed fishing season raises predictions of epic fall salmon run," 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,, "Swift OPEC+ Cuts Revive Premiums in Asia Physical Oil Market," 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, "The oil industry is finally talking climate crisis, but don’t expect change to come easily," 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, "Apache, Total announce first oil discovery offshore of Suriname," 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, "New Guyana discovery shows success apart from Exxon Mobil," 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, "Hurricane Dorian poised to slam the Carolinas after scraping by the coasts of Florida and Georgia," 4 Sep. 2019 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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18 Feb 2021

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“Offshore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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