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


The troops were sent overseas.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Questions about Apple overseas manufacturing come amid increasing tensions between the U.S. and China over trade relations. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Why Apple Will Keep Most iPhone Production In China Despite Tariff Threat," 13 June 2019 The museum agreed, and the massive block of granite was wrapped in burlap and shipped overseas. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Penn Museum Just Floated a 12-Ton Sphinx Out a Window," 13 June 2019 The company plans to market the fuel produced overseas. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Cheniere Energy wants a seat at climate change discussions," 13 June 2019 Supporters say the legislation reflects a game-changing realization: Supposedly recyclable plastic shipped overseas for decades often was never easily recycled. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California takes on an ocean of plastic waste, considers crackdown on industry," 12 June 2019 The virus, driven by outbreaks overseas, has seen a resurgence in the United States. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County kindergartner vaccination rate continues to drop," 11 June 2019 There’s room for growth around the world, but advertising revenue overseas is significantly lower. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘You get an Amazon HQ2 and you get an Amazon HQ2!’," 6 Nov. 2018 Since the foundation was announced, donations have poured in from around the country and overseas, Kym Hilinski said. Fox News, "Hilinski family won't shun football after QB son's suicide," 28 Aug. 2018 The activists’ biggest effort so far was the March for Our Lives, a series of demonstrations on March 24 around the country and overseas. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "4 Parkland Seniors Who Died in School Shooting Are Honored at Graduation," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Of course, that gives Chinese carmakers all the more motivation to gain a foothold in overseas markets. Echo Huang, Quartz, "This could be the first Chinese-brand electric car sold in Europe," 1 June 2019 Turkish officials say Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2 by a 15-man Saudi hit squad that included a member of Prince Mohammed’s entourage on overseas trips. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi prince to address summit darkened by Khashoggi slaying," 24 Oct. 2018 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled an overseas trip to deal with what is Japan’s worst flood disaster since 1983, with several million forced from their homes. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Food appears to be a theme as the UAA women's basketball team prepares for it's first overseas trip. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Seawolves had to make a lot of pot pies to pay their way to a basketball tournament in Taiwan," 28 June 2018 Prince Harry's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, also toured Australia and New Zealand for the first overseas trip after their wedding. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Meghan and Harry to tour Australia and New Zealand," 11 June 2018 During nearly 16 months as first lady, Mrs. Trump demonstrated her interest in children by visiting with young hospital patients in the U.S. and during overseas trips with the president, often reading to them and encouraging them to do their best. Time, "Melania Trump's Official First Lady Initiative 'Be Best' to Focus on Children's Well-Being," 7 May 2018 Tester had raised concerns about Jackson’s handling of prescription medications, and released a report that alleged Jackson created of a toxic work environment, and acted inappropriately on an overseas trip during the Obama administration. Emma Stefansky, The Hive, "Trump Escalates Defense of Withdrawn Nominee, Calls for Senator to Resign," 28 Apr. 2018 These were doled out on overseas trips where there's a lot of time zone changes. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Ronny Jackson allegations come from 20 military sources, Jon Tester says," 24 Apr. 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 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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