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


The troops were sent overseas.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In fact, Caelan Tiongson apparently had the opportunity to play basketball overseas, but passed it up to continue his relationship with Randolph. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Star Cassie Randolph Is Starring On Another Reality Show As Well," 6 Feb. 2019 Bird, Langhorne and Quinn will remain in the United States while the rest of the Storm players are playing overseas during the offseason. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Is this Storm team the start of a dynasty?," 18 Sep. 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Many Urban Roots beers will be in the style of German lagers, a personal favorite of Hoey's, and the mild Belgian ales Archie fell in love with while playing B.League basketball overseas. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "‘Bold and flavorful’ brewery and smokehouse to open near Southside Park on Saturday | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 Monde is, in fact, working to fulfill orders via Twitter direct message, hopefully for people overseas as well. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Tokyo Artist's Magical Bookshelf Dioramas Are The New Fairy Gardens," 5 Feb. 2019 As the film heads overseas for a slew of international release dates, Blunt and her stylist, Jessica Paster are pulling out all the stops. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Emily Blunt’s Disney Princess-Worthy Gucci Dress Has to Be Seen to Be Believed," 24 Jan. 2019 From the start Kirman has shopped the Mountain overseas, a reflection of Los Angeles’s ascendant status as a destination for the global elite. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "An Empty Lot Above Beverly Hills Is the Most Expensive Real Estate in the World," 17 Jan. 2019 Barring a brief visit to American troops overseas, he’s spent the week actively spinning up other baseless assertions about border security on Twitter and criticizing congressional Democrats who have refused to meet his $5-billion ask. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump threatens to shut down the border for the third time in three months," 29 Dec. 2018 Prince William and Kate Middleton hosted a Christmas party today for Royal Air Force families, whose relatives will be overseas during the festive period. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Gives a Heartfelt Speech at a Christmas Party For Military Families," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Trump’s was far from the only fashion brand to allegedly mistreat and exploit an overseas workforce. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Garment Workers Have Organized Strikes for Over 100 Years As They Pay the Human Cost of Fashion," 8 Mar. 2019 There was even an overseas appearance from Together: Our Community Cookbook when the couple spent an afternoon with Moroccan chef Dar Moha. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Duchess Meghan Won Morocco’s Heart Just Weeks Before Her Due Date," 26 Feb. 2019 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's chief of staff announced the remarks on Twitter, saying they were made during a meeting with leaders of more than 50 national and regional parties, including ones from overseas, who demanded reforms in election law. Fox News, "Ethiopia has 'no option' but multiparty democracy, PM says," 22 July 2018 After their wedding the tabloids were quick to speculate that some of the couple’s U.K. assets would come under scrutiny by the IRS, since, as an American citizen, Meghan is liable to be taxed on all her overseas earnings. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 Every ship that clears from a foreign port, and every mailbag from overseas, is a potential carrier of contraband. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 Prices have rallied recently with a softer dollar making the metal cheaper for overseas buyers and investors anticipating that fewer... Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Extends Rally After Cautious Fed Comments," 31 Jan. 2019 Some of that could potentially be attributed to a changing academy, which has greatly expanded its ranks in recent years to diversify its membership, including more overseas members. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Oscar nods honor ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Black Panther’," 23 Jan. 2019 Make enough meaningless alterations in the plan’s architecture to be able to say it’s not BernieCare or an overseas program already inflicting huge costs in money and/or patient suffering. James Freeman, WSJ, "If You Have to Ask How Much Socialized Medicine Costs...," 9 Jan. 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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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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