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overseas

[adv., n. oh-ver-seez; adj. oh-ver-seez] /adv., n. ˌoʊ vərˈsiz; adj. ˈoʊ vərˈsiz/
adverb
1.
over, across, or beyond the sea; abroad:
to be sent overseas.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to passage over the sea:
overseas travel.
3.
situated beyond the sea:
overseas territories.
4.
pertaining to countries, associations, activities, etc., beyond the sea:
overseas military service; overseas commitments.
noun
5.
(used with a singular verb) countries or territories across the sea or ocean.
Also, especially British, oversea
[adv.oh-ver-see; adj.oh-ver-see] /adv.ˌoʊ vərˈsi; adj.ˈoʊ vərˈsi/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1–4).
Origin
1150
before 1150; oversea (Middle English overse, Old English ofer sǣ; see over-, sea) + -s3 or -s1
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British Dictionary definitions for oversea

overseas

adverb (ˌəʊvəˈsiːz)
1.
beyond the sea; abroad
adjective (ˈəʊvəˈsiːz)
2.
of, to, in, from, or situated in countries beyond the sea
3.
Also oversea (ˌəʊvəˈsiː). of or relating to passage over the sea
noun (ˌəʊvəˈsiːz)
4.
(functioning as sing) (informal) a foreign country or foreign countries collectively
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Word Origin and History for oversea

overseas

adj.

1580s, from over + sea. Popularized during World War I as a British euphemism for "colonial."

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