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 All of the delicate macarons are made overseas, then frozen and shipped to shops around the United States. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Macaron shop with a cute name, Woops!, opens first Dallas shop," 3 Feb. 2020 Chinese authorities also banned fentanyl analogues around the same time, further reducing the supply from overseas, Herdman said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Return of carfentanil deaths in Cuyahoga County has officials wary of ‘fourth wave’ of opioid epidemic," 1 Feb. 2020 The outbreak began in the city in central China and has spread nationwide and overseas, fueled by millions of people traveling during the country's biggest holiday. Fox News, "China leader calls coronavirus outbreak a gave situation as officials scramble to contain disease," 26 Jan. 2020 The outbreak began in the city in central China and has spread nationwide and overseas, fueled by millions of people traveling during the country’s biggest holiday. Ken Moritsugu, SFChronicle.com, "Cities in China race to contain spread of new virus," 25 Jan. 2020 American banks conducted their cum-ex trades overseas, rather than at home, out of fear, the whistle-blower said. David Segal, New York Times, "It May Be the Biggest Tax Heist Ever. And Europe Wants Justice.," 23 Jan. 2020 The more tangible assets overseas, the higher the deduction. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "New Laws Meant to Close Down Tax Havens and Shut Loopholes Could Have the Opposite Effect," 8 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by other countries can make American goods more expensive overseas, hurting U.S. manufactures. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "Trump administration tariffs hurt U.S. manufacturing, Fed finds," 30 Dec. 2019 In the world of rugs, this can be tricky: Most of the best are made overseas, and many by artisans in rural areas, so navigating super-specific custom orders can get complicated. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Company Lets You Completely Customize Artisan-Made Rugs," 4 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The 15th Metallurgical Construction Group, based in Wuhan, said on its website that its overseas operations in Zambia and Congo must purchase masks, disinfect living quarters and workspaces daily and check workers’ temperatures three times a day. Washington Post, "‘We’re definitely not prepared’: Africa braces for new virus," 8 Feb. 2020 The company is also pouring billions into self-driving cars, while trying to turn around its money-losing overseas operations. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets roar back—too soon to call this the ‘coronavirus comeback’?," 5 Feb. 2020 Soleimani loomed large in Iran as the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps elite Quds Force and the leader of the country's overseas operations. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "How Americans and Iranians are using memes and hashtags to cope with conflict," 11 Jan. 2020 Israel, which traditionally maintains a policy of silence over its overseas military operations, is widely believed to have conducted a series of assassinations inside the Islamic Republic. Joseph Hincks, Time, "Trump Says 'Iran Appears to Be Standing Down.' But History Suggests That Might Not Be So Simple," 8 Jan. 2020 Or, as the flight attendants ask on overseas flights: chicken or beef? Amanda: Chicken! Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "What can you do about climate change? A chat with Monitor reporters.," 4 Dec. 2019 But preparing for an overseas flight is never easy. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Would 19 Hours and 16 Minutes in the Air Make Me Crazy?," 13 Nov. 2019 Visiting the world's most exciting addresses doesn't have to mean a long, overseas flight. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Hotels in the U.S. Are Better Than Ever," 23 Aug. 2019 The program sets aside funds for promoting overseas flights, a strategy used by many airports to attract new carriers. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Lufthansa's Eurowings announces nonstop to Frankfurt from Phoenix Sky Harbor," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of overseas was in 1533

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“Overseas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overseas. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overseas

: in or to a foreign country that is across a sea or ocean


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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