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over·​seas ˌō-vər-ˈsēz How to pronounce overseas (audio)
: beyond or across the sea
lived overseas for a time


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over·​seas ˈō-vər-ˌsēz How to pronounce overseas (audio)
: of or relating to movement, transport, or communication over the sea
an overseas liner
: 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
A week after graduating high school in 1942, Ms. McCormack got an engineering job at an Ohio defense plant manufacturing machine guns and shipping them overseas to Allied forces. Kayla Guo, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 While facilitating access for African migrant workers to high-income labor markets will be important, equally vital is the investment in their education and training, ensuring that African workers make full use of opportunities overseas. Miglė Petrauskaitė, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2024 In September, Moroney will make the trek overseas for a 15-show headlining Georgia Girl tour in the U.K. and Europe. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 9 Apr. 2024 Quinn was a six-year NBA veteran, suiting up for the Heat, Nets, Spurs and Cavaliers, and finished his career overseas, playing in Spain and Russia. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 3 Apr. 2024 But with Russian forces still inside the country and millions of Ukrainians displaced from their homes, fighting on the frontlines, or living overseas, there is no election in sight. Andrew Carey, Olga Voitovych, and Svitlana Vlasova, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024 He was supposed to be the speed, at 16-1 stateside and higher overseas — on Britain's Oddschecker, Laurel River was slotted in behind true longshots Dura Erede and Crupi. Guy Martin, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 That has forced them to search for profits overseas, where there are more buyers willing to pay higher prices. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 And corporate heads are now speaking up, with some threatening to leave — or expand overseas, rather than at home. Bysarah Jacob, Fortune Europe, 27 Mar. 2024
The service is the brainchild of Chi Zhang, 34, the founder of Happy Cashier, a virtual-assistant company that was thrust into the spotlight last week, when a social media post about the overseas workers went viral. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The National Science Foundation—one of the federal government’s biggest outfits for funding research—is for the first time sponsoring a series of workshops abroad to help U.S. startups work with their overseas counterparts. Jane Lanhee Lee / Bloomberg, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 Sutcliffe, who was also living with Lennon, joined the group for its overseas debut in Hamburg, where the group played more than 100 shows. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Voting begins 45 days prior to Election Day when military and overseas voters start receiving ballots. Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 The unit also provided CNN with a library of programs that the company could repeat on TV and sell to streaming services and overseas broadcasters. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 Absentee voting would be allowed for disabled people, those age 65 and up, voters living outside the state and are enrolled in an out-of-state college, overseas voters and active military members and their family members. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2024 Pharmaceuticals, Banks Wang held a roundtable with executives from overseas drugmakers including Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. from the US, GSK Plc from the UK and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. from Japan on Saturday. Bloomberg, Fortune Asia, 23 Mar. 2024 The global financial system led to enormous deleveraging and retrenchment of banks from overseas markets. Mike O'Sullivan, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1533, in the meaning defined above


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overseas was in 1533

Dictionary Entries Near overseas

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“Overseas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overseas. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: beyond or across the sea
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