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[adv., n. oh-ver-seez; adj. oh-ver-seez] /adv., n. ˌoʊ vərˈsiz; adj. ˈoʊ vərˈsiz/
over, across, or beyond the sea; abroad:
to be sent overseas.
of or relating to passage over the sea:
overseas travel.
situated beyond the sea:
overseas territories.
pertaining to countries, associations, activities, etc., beyond the sea:
overseas military service; overseas commitments.
(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 of overseas
before 1150; oversea (Middle English overse, Old English ofer sǣ; see over-, sea) + -s3 or -s1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overseas
  • Forget going overseas to fulfill your fixer-upper farmhouse fantasies.
  • Airline companies, meanwhile, are increasingly wary of their dependence on overseas oil for fuel.
  • Hopefully a lot of the ideas so funded will attract attention here at home and not get shipped overseas for a quick buck.
  • Choose a company that doesn't send your tapes overseas for the work.
  • From big cities to groups of farmers at home or overseas.
  • Helium is used to maintain pressure in the fuel tanks when the vehicles are prepared for overseas air or sea shipment.
  • If you are traveling overseas and want to see the country from something other than a train, you can rent a car for your travels.
  • Automobile transportation companies can be hired in order to take care of getting your vehicle to your overseas destination.
  • overseas customers, please check your local video centers for our products.
  • Most of them can pay to send books and magazines overseas, but not for postage to their offices or warehouses.
British Dictionary definitions for overseas


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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