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

Western companies that sent high-tech manufacturing overseas set the table. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Beijing’s ‘Trojan chips’ present a risk to more than corporations," 9 Oct. 2018 Among other things, Facebook’s security team was uncovering more evidence of additional Russian interference on the platform; legislators were increasingly frustrated with the social media giant and hate speech was fueling more violence overseas. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "Sheryl Sandberg’s New Job Is to Fix Facebook’s Reputation—and Her Own," 4 Sep. 2018 When a war broke out after Argentina invaded British territories overseas in the early 1980s, Andrew flew several missions until the conflict was resolved. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth's Complicated Relationships With Her Children," 18 Aug. 2018 Although no agreements are set yet for exports, it is expected that having a consistent liner in the bay will be a big advantage for San Diego companies that send large items overseas. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Port of San Diego lands large liner contract," 9 July 2018 Violence and exclusion not only continued within the United States, but also overseas in Hawaii, Cuba, and the Philippines, following the end of the Spanish-American War. Irene Hsu, The New Republic, "The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion," 28 June 2018 Meanwhile, with the threat of retaliatory trade tariffs from the European Union looming over the 12 million gallons of orange juice annually sent overseas, the industry continues to await federal help from Irma. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida citrus growers endure worst season in decades," 14 June 2018 He was last sent overseas, to the Netherlands, on July 18, 1983, to work with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officers. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "U.S. Air Force fugitive missing for 35 years found living in California," 11 June 2018 And don’t fall for the overseas landlord story: Scammers often claim to be out of the country and instruct targets to send money overseas. Veronica Craker, idahostatesman, "Beware of fake rental listings across the Treasure Valley | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The firm has accumulated information on about 9 billion square feet of office space in the top 20 U.S. and overseas markets. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Real-Estate Tech Startup to Create Online Office Marketplace," 27 Nov. 2018 The robotic parking industry was poised to take off in the early 2000s when the real estate market was booming and positive reviews from overseas markets spread. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 Those disputes resulted in tariffs imposed in some key overseas markets for bourbon, including the European Union — where Kentucky spirits producers exported nearly $200 million of their products in 2017. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, "Kentucky bourbon inventory at highest level since 1972," 27 Sep. 2018 That will not have much of an effect on Sporting Kansas City’s quest for the position in the overseas market. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "As transfer window opens, Sporting KC sets sights on striker," 11 July 2018 Within years, as textiles from China and other overseas markets poured into Nigeria, that number plummeted. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "What noodles can teach us about Nigeria's reluctance on free trade," 9 July 2018 Moreover, what used to be California’s — and the world’s — largest overseas market for recyclables recently shut its door. George Skelton, latimes.com, "Environmentally minded Californians love to recycle — but it's no longer doing any good," 9 July 2018 Carrefour in particular has been bullish on cost-cutting and expansion in overseas markets such as China and Brazil in order to counter this threat. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Why 2 of the World's Biggest Supermarkets Are Joining Together to Buy Groceries," 2 July 2018 But a year later, reports by American and European business groups highlighted unfair advantages Chinese companies could gain in overseas markets, and the initiative began to receive wider attention in the West. New York Times, "As Trade Fight Looms, China Turns Censors on Its Own Policies," 26 June 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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