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 Among the federal forces deployed in Portland are members of an elite Border Patrol tactical team, a special operations unit that is based on the U.S.-Mexico border and has been deployed overseas, including to Iraq and Afghanistan. Ben Fox And Gillian Flaccus, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monument watch: Trump order marks new role for Homeland Security," 10 July 2020 When deployed overseas, Guard members usually stay on bases with their corresponding branches. cleveland, "The Ohio National Guard -- who they are, what they do: Q&A," 3 June 2020 Many companies are in belt-tightening mode and may not be comfortable adding workers, especially ones from overseas. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Laid-off H-1B visa holders face painful predicament," 12 July 2020 Like other states and territories, Victoria had ordered all citizens and permanent residents returning from overseas to undertake 14 days of quarantine at hotels leased by the government. Jason Scott, Bloomberg.com, "The Mistakes That Pushed an Australian City Back Into Lockdown," 11 July 2020 Australia will slash the number of its citizens and permanent residents allowed to return home from overseas each week, in an effort to stem new Covid-19 cases. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, July 10," 10 July 2020 President Trump is planning to issue a string of executive orders on China, bringing manufacturing back from overseas, and immigration, according to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump planning executive orders on China, immigration, and manufacturing," 6 July 2020 Australian citizens and permanent residents returning from overseas are required to spend 14 days in strict hotel quarantine. Andy Brownbill, Anchorage Daily News, "Australia’s 2nd largest city goes back into lockdown as coronavirus spreads," 7 July 2020 Students from overseas make up a significant percentage of American higher education. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Foreign students likely can’t stay in U.S. if college is all-online this fall out of caution for coronavirus," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The administration’s move came as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews acquisitions of American businesses by overseas investors, was investigating the company. Fortune, "Trump says he will ban TikTok ‘immediately’," 1 Aug. 2020 And every state has the infrastructure to enable military and overseas voters to cast ballots from afar. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "The Chaotic Design of Trump’s Mail-In-Voting Rants," 31 July 2020 Before the opening bell, the drugstore chain disclosed sharp losses in overseas sales due to covid-19, according to its latest quarterly earnings. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Dow drops 350 points as new covid infections rise," 9 July 2020 The company's overseas smartphone sales took a hit, though, because it was forced to release new models that weren't able to access to popular Google apps. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "How much trouble is Huawei in?," 4 July 2020 The latest Indian salvo may not wreak much immediate financial havoc, but deals a blow to the overseas ambitions of Chinese internet companies. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Chinese Apps Get the China Treatment in India," 30 June 2020 In the past decade, Chinese tech giants such as WeChat owner Tencent, Alibaba, and ByteDance, which owns TikTok, have flourished both domestically and overseas partly thanks to Beijing’s banning of foreign tech rivals. Jane Li, Quartz, "Chinese tech champions are finally getting a taste of the struggle US tech giants have in China," 30 June 2020 The British government rolled back pandemic travel restrictions Friday on arrivals from 75 countries and British overseas territories — but visitors from the United States will still be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "U.K. lifts travel restrictions for dozens of countries, but U.S. arrivals still require 14-day self isolation," 10 July 2020 Immerwahr tracks American imperial ambitions, from Puerto Rico to the Philippines, and how the treatment and exploitation of overseas territories still influence U.S. foreign and military policy. Rachel King, Fortune, "10 books on American history that actually reflect the United States," 4 July 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Overseas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overseas. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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