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 Wise, an app built specifically for international use, is your best bet for traveling or sending money overseas. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 Amukamara, 28, has played professionally overseas since her ASU career ended in 2015 and like Diogu became a foundational piece in the Nigerian women's ascension to the Olympic stage. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 Even for the fully vaccinated, venturing overseas still poses additional risks. Dwight Brown, Essence, 20 July 2021 Takahide Kiuchi, an economist at Nomura Research Institute, said there was still a potential payoff from people overseas who will watch the Tokyo Games and may decide to visit Japan after the pandemic. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 20 July 2021 These Big Tech arguments, though, relate to a second concern of weak US privacy law: distrust of US tech firms overseas. Justin Sherman, Wired, 20 July 2021 The group also used money mules to collect payments and ship the money overseas, according to the indictment. John Caniglia, cleveland, 20 July 2021 Big Three automakers started automating and moving jobs overseas. NBC news, 19 July 2021 The administration took months to deliberate over the who, what, where, when, and how of sending vaccines overseas. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 19 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are still ways for Chinese companies to tap overseas investment even if the United States is no longer an option. Laura He, CNN, 22 July 2021 Maranian has completed 11 overseas tours during a career spanning 33 years, according to the Army Times. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 22 July 2021 The potential overseas partnership with ViacomCBS could involve both Peacock and the U.K.-based Sky, one of the people familiar with the matter said. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, 20 July 2021 MeToo movement could be a beneficiary of the growing official scrutiny of wealthy entrepreneurs, especially those with overseas ties. Washington Post, 20 July 2021 The True Experience of an American in the French Foreign Legion about his time with the overseas military service. Dallas News, 20 July 2021 A few thousand schoolchildren in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, are expected to attend soccer matches this weekend in a rare exception to the ban on most domestic and overseas spectators. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 To cover its cost and flash populist credentials, Democrats would raise taxes on the richest Americans and big corporations and U.S. firms' overseas earnings, toughen IRS enforcement and let Medicare negotiate lower pharmaceutical prices. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 For example, a manager may not offer an overseas assignment to a woman who has children. Barbara Bry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2021

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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 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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