overseas

adverb
over·seas | \ˌō-vər-ˈsēz \

Definition of overseas 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: beyond or across the sea lived overseas for a time

overseas

adjective
over·seas | \ˈō-vər-ˌsēz \

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

Nearly 90 percent of the soybeans China consumed last year came from overseas — more than 100 million tons in total. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 Nearly 90 percent of the soybeans China consumed last year came from overseas — more than 100 million tons in total. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "China’s Taste for Soybeans Is a Weak Spot in the Trade War With Trump," 9 July 2018 All nine victims were refugees from overseas, Boise police said. Ruth Brown, Nicole Blanchard And Jason Lantz, Anchorage Daily News, "Attacker stabs 9, including 6 children, in Idaho," 2 July 2018 Maryland crabs compete with imports from the Carolinas, the Gulf of Mexico and, increasingly, from overseas, but there are no rules, regulations or labeling requirements to distinguish local crab meat. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Amid crab worker shortage, Maryland officials approve $375,000 to boost marketing — not work force," 20 June 2018 Nevertheless, the change will only apply to U.S. students—those applying from overseas will still be required to submit test scores. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why the University of Chicago Is Dropping Its SAT/ACT Test Requirement," 15 June 2018 For thousands of people who were adopted from overseas, the Adoptee Rights Campaign says, there’s no place that’s home. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "Foreign-born adoptees discover they're not U.S. citizens," 4 June 2018 Wealthier families will also struggle but are better able to weather the storm, drawing on savings and sourcing some scarce goods — such as medication — from overseas, Batmanghelidj said. Ramin Mostaghim, latimes.com, "The return of U.S. sanctions is expected to sow misery in Iran. But for those with money, there's a haven: dollars," 29 May 2018 Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are overseas once again, taking the team on a trip to France. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Charles Woodson guarantees Michigan will beat Ohio State this season: Buckeye Breakfast," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Trump, a longtime critic of rising drug prices, has previously suggested the government negotiate drug prices and allow the importing of prescription drugs from overseas—both moves that would hurt the pharmaceutical companies at home. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Trump Criticizes Pfizer for Raising Drug Prices," 10 July 2018 The information was posted late Thursday on the department's website: Trump's club has asked to hire 21 cooks from overseas and employ them from October to May. At the end of that term, the workers would be expected to return home. David A. Fahrenthold, latimes.com, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida seeks to hire 61 foreign workers as seasonal cooks and waiters," 6 July 2018 That deal failed to get the approval of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an intergovernmental panel that reviews overseas acquisitions of American companies. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "HNA Will Transfer Co-Chairman’s Stake as Ownership Doubts Linger," 13 July 2018 Frank Phillips met Jenny King during an orientation for an overseas program for college students in 1964. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Accomplished filmmaker and therapist from Concord dies on Nantucket," 11 July 2018 Jennings said Girod was available to the committee day and night and even responded to texts while overseas in Kenya. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "How Jeff Long — introduced as new AD Wednesday — impressed KU’s search committee," 11 July 2018 Wiener recommends choosing Vanguard International Value (symbol: VTRIX) mutual fund over Vanguard International Growth (VWIGX) for overseas equity exposure. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Do ESG investments outperform? One investor says 'no way'," 9 July 2018 Those games were played on practice courts and were closed to the public, creating an intimate setting in which the spectators primarily were teams’ staff members, NBA and overseas scouts, player agents and journalists. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic converge on Las Vegas for 1st time in 13 years," 2 July 2018 Airport Authority staff expect the improved arrivals facility to attract even more overseas airlines to the airport. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Facial recognition tech speeds up customs at new San Diego airport facility," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of overseas

Adverb

1533, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overseas

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of overseas

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

overseas

adverb
over·seas | \ˌō-vər-ˈsēz \

Kids Definition of overseas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

overseas

adjective

Kids Definition of overseas (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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