over·​seas | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsēz How to pronounce overseas (audio) \

Definition of overseas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: beyond or across the sea lived overseas for a time


over·​seas | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsēz How to pronounce overseas (audio) \

Definition of overseas (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to movement, transport, or communication over the sea an overseas liner
2 : situated, originating in, or relating to lands beyond the sea overseas installations overseas immigrants

Examples of overseas in a Sentence

Adverb The troops were sent overseas.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Formed on the recommendation of the president’s Jewish Treasury secretary, Henry Morgenthau, this band of bureaucrats begged, borrowed, bribed and laundered money to be sent overseas for relief efforts. Jeanne Dorin Mcdowell, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Sep. 2022 Aid Access, which sends pills to a patient’s home from overseas, started providing advance provision in the U.S. late last year. Kelsey Butler, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2022 This double standard has hollowed out American industry, sent jobs and opportunities overseas, and done nothing to address true global pollution of our oceans and air. Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 Crescensia Garcia is one of only six surviving members of an all-female, all-Black, segregated unit that was sent overseas during World War II. David Begnaud, CBS News, 13 July 2022 Stephen’s career frequently sent him overseas, and Djeswende, who went by Wendy, was often by his side. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2022 Ward joined the Marines in 2000, a year before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks rocked the United States and sent thousands of servicemen overseas to fight terrorism in the Middle East. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2022 More than 3,000 people from across the country and overseas are expected to attend the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville later this month to learn and collaborate, organizers said Tuesday. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2022 But now the federal money has dried up, Wall Street has been volatile, inflation is high, and there is political instability domestically and overseas. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective News of FedEx's poor results appeared to spook investors, denting overseas markets and sending U.S. stock futures sharply lower. CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 Given its woes at home, Alibaba is now once more intent on revitalizing the company by tapping overseas markets. Yoolim Lee, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2022 The model was never sold in the U.S. or Canada but was offered in Europe, Mexico, Japan, and other overseas markets between 2001 and 2003. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 27 Aug. 2022 Either step could have a chilling effect on Coinbase’s future listing decisions, while its overseas competitors would have fewer constraints on their growth. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Final ballots are mailed to overseas and military voters starting Sept. 24. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 The Biden administration is weighing an executive order to screen and possibly restrict U.S. overseas investment in cutting-edge technology development in China and other potentially hostile countries. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Youth unemployment is soaring, small businesses are collapsing, and overseas companies are shifting their supply chains elsewhere. Vivian Wang, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 Following the Korean dystopian thriller series‘ September premiere last year, overseas costume manufacturers quickly raced to get pieces into the hands of TV fans searching online for how to dress up as Squid Game characters. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overseas


1533, in the meaning defined above


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overseas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overseas. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for overseas


over·​seas | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsēz How to pronounce overseas (audio) \

Kids Definition of overseas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to or in a foreign country that is across the sea I lived overseas.



Kids Definition of overseas (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving, occurring in, or intended for lands across the sea overseas trade


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