over·​seas | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsēz \

Definition of overseas

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: beyond or across the sea lived overseas for a time


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


The troops were sent overseas.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Buying minutes for Skype, or paying for Skype Unlimited, means more for customers with friends and family overseas, rather than United States consumers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers wouldn't work without the Xbox," 12 Dec. 2018 But its servers were overseas, ostensibly beyond reach of Korean authorities. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018 Jeff Swensen/Getty Images On November 6, West Virginians who are serving in the military or living overseas will be able to vote in a brand new way — via an app on their smartphone. Jen Kirby, Vox, "West Virginia is testing a mobile voting app for the midterms. What could go wrong?," 17 Aug. 2018 Most of my 16 years living overseas have been in Europe—France, Germany, Belgium. Barry Mccaffrey, Fortune, "I’m a Four-Star General. I’m Worried About America’s Decaying Relationship With Europe.," 4 June 2018 Thousands of Irish citizens living overseas traveled home to vote in the referendum, which did not have a postal vote option. Time, "Irish Vote by Landslide to Repeal Abortion Ban, According to Exit Polls," 25 May 2018 As the future of the traditional Berber region by Mount Boutmezguida floundered, a mathematician whose family came from the area had a eureka moment gleaned from living overseas – using fog to make water. The Christian Science Monitor, "Fog catchers turn mist into water in the Moroccan mountains," 17 May 2018 But the other 5 million members of the denomination live overseas — particularly in Africa, where homosexuality is a crime in some places. Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "Will views on same-sex marriage split one of America's largest Protestant religions? | Charlotte Observer," 17 May 2018 Police, however, could not find the students who lived overseas. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Exchange student 'brainwashed' by host into sexually abusing her sister won't be charged | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In 1982, Argentina invaded the British overseas territory the Falkland Islands, starting a war. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Prince Andrew, the Father of Princess Eugenie and Beatrice," 13 Aug. 2018 According to the Daily Mail, this event is kicking off two days of engagements to honor all the 7,500 military personnel from the U.K. serving overseas or away from home. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore Meghan Markle-Esque Wide-Leg Pants to an Air Force Base," 5 Dec. 2018 But if previous generations looked outward and overseas for inspiration, Hanoi’s new wave is gazing inward. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Investors — many of them from overseas and not the traditional Silicon Valley set — have bought into that and valued the company at more than $20 billion on private markets. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "SoftBank is betting the Vision Fund on WeWork," 10 Oct. 2018 And that includes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's recent official overseas tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Prince Harry Reveals How He Asked Prince Charles to Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle," 8 Nov. 2018 In just five years Manafort had spent $520,000 at Bijan, splurging on such items as a $48,000 blue lizard jacket and a $12,000 pink pinstripe suit, paid for with money wired from overseas accounts. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are on their first overseas visit as a royal couple. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Had the Funniest Reaction When Someone Gave Meghan Markle Gigantic Flowers," 16 Oct. 2018 In just under a fortnight, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will embark on their first official overseas trip as a royal couple, heading down under to visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand in a whirlwind, 16-day-long trip. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle May Wear a Tiara for the First Time Since the Royal Wedding During Her Tour with Prince Harry," 5 Oct. 2018

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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 \

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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