Definition of offshore in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈɒfʃɔː//ɒfˈʃɔː/

adjective & adverb

  • 1Situated at sea some distance from the shore.

    [as adjective] ‘offshore islands’
    [as adverb] ‘we dropped anchor offshore’
    • ‘When you are 50 miles offshore and the electronics fail you can be killed.’
    • ‘As all land was already owned, there was no room for an expanding population, so new islands were established on sandbars a short distance offshore, where the air was cool and mosquito-free.’
    • ‘But a country's landmass often extends far offshore geologically, well beyond its coastline.’
    • ‘As long as Aboriginal people have been living near the Great Barrier Reef, they have traveled to offshore islands and reefs.’
    • ‘She was discovered two miles offshore, despite dense fog, by a surprised fisherman.’
    • ‘A couple of miles offshore is Pigeon Island, breeding ground for the Blue Rock Pigeon.’
    • ‘Bluehead wrasses live in tropical waters, often around coral reefs, as well as offshore reefs.’
    • ‘We could be gone by the morning to some calypso coast - an island offshore where even the waves are dancing and where the fish most surely will be leaping.’
    • ‘Two Weddell seals lay on the beach and a leopard seal lurked just offshore.’
    • ‘Over the past week or so the fishing has remained very good out off the south end of Bowen Island, but anglers are finding the fish quite a distance offshore.’
    • ‘Aid agencies say the loss of 3,300 fishing trawlers, which also doubled as transport for tourists visiting offshore islands, affects tens of thousands of families.’
    • ‘A little island offshore houses monks and seals.’
    • ‘Denmark has the world's two largest offshore wind parks and generates an estimated 15 percent of its power from wind turbines.’
    • ‘Britain has the best untapped offshore wind resources in Europe - enough to meet its energy needs three times over.’
    • ‘Today, hotels are still scarce, but as many as 30 or 40 live-aboard boats are often moored offshore.’
    • ‘Indeed, one of the province's main tourism attractions is the popular offshore snorkeling on Bunaken islands.’
    • ‘In addition, there are several island groups offshore, notably the Hebrides, Shetland, and Orkney Islands.’
    • ‘Here the land slopes down to the sea, forming complicated estuaries with the towering mountains of Achill Island just offshore.’
    • ‘If only they had chosen Golden Island five miles offshore it could all have been so different.’
    • ‘The developers have also built 300 islands, 4km offshore, in the shape of a map of the world.’
    1. 1.1(of the wind) blowing towards the sea from the land.
      [as adjective] ‘offshore winds’
      [as adverb] ‘weather forecasters say the cyclone should move offshore’
      • ‘The spray from the offshore wind was blowing over the backside.’
      • ‘At last, with the sun at their backs and a brisk offshore breeze speeding them along, their journey across the equatorial Atlantic had begun.’
      • ‘On the strip between the ocean and coastal mountains, offshore winds carry moisture-laden air which is dumped onto the land.’
      • ‘People in the area at the time of the tragedy said an offshore wind had blown the inflatable away from the shore.’
      • ‘Coastal currents, onshore and offshore winds, reefs, bays and the shape of the shoreline are some of the things sailors have to deal with in this zone.’
      • ‘The swell built to 10 foot faces, and an offshore wind held up the waves, creating perfect conditions for getting barreled.’
      • ‘When we moved the boat closer, I could see the swell was really up with offshore winds.’
      • ‘Horrified onlookers could only watch, as an offshore wind blew their flimsy dinghy vessel, into deeper water.’
      • ‘If it must be wind then I'd prefer offshore wind far enough from the coastline that it is not visible from land.’
      • ‘Winds blowing offshore push water away from the shore.’
      • ‘‘It was warm with a wave height of around 1 to 1.5 metres and offshore winds that held the face of the wave up,’ he said.’
      • ‘They can be taken quickly out from the beach in offshore wind and tidal conditions.’
      • ‘When these photos were taken the surf was about 12 foot with a slight offshore breeze.’
      • ‘A strong offshore wind can tear away young ice all the way to the beach, leaving open water even when winter temperatures are low.’
      • ‘The building is oriented to the southwest, and vertical arrays of solar panels protect the exterior courtyards from the brunt of offshore wind gusts.’
      • ‘The offshore wind catches the sail on which the main sheet appears to be cleated, and the boat capsizes across the shore.’
      • ‘When there are waves, what are the chances that we will get an offshore wind that does not actually blow the waves over?’
      • ‘High offshore winds in the Coromandel area and plentiful mackerel near the coast may have been factors in that stranding, she was quoted as saying.’
      • ‘The surf was 4-5ft throughout the event, with light offshore winds on the final day.’
      • ‘A 19-year-old friend of the family swam out to bring back the inflatable boat but struggled against the strong offshore breeze.’
    2. 1.2Relating to the business of extracting oil or gas from the seabed.
      [as adjective] ‘a safety regime for the offshore industry’
      [as adverb] ‘the trainees will eventually work offshore’
      • ‘He is a world leader in the manufacture of high quality lifting, mooring and access equipment for use in the offshore and marine industries.’
      • ‘Williams, a self-made millionaire, has interests in the offshore oil industry, telecommunications and tourism.’
      • ‘‘I'd say about 90% of our revenues come from the offshore oil industry,’ he says.’
      • ‘‘We then turned our attention to the offshore oil-and-gas industry, a very difficult market to break into,’ said White.’
      • ‘We had two such studies last week, one on the state of Scotland's financial services sector followed by a very upbeat reassessment of the prospects for our offshore oil and gas industry.’
      • ‘We built gravel islands for offshore oil rigs, ferried crews, and hauled prefabricated processing facilities up from the lower 48.’
      • ‘Bush has been a proponent of offshore drilling as a way to alleviate energy concerns.’
      • ‘As well as large passenger vessels, he has also identified the offshore oil business and the cargo industry as likely targets.’
      • ‘Caley had a reputation for reliability, versatility and innovation, primarily within the offshore and marine industries.’
      • ‘A minor oil spill has not marred what has been a successful offshore oil drilling operation at Dongara, according to the major stakeholder company.’
      • ‘He owns pharmaceutical companies, defense contractors, offshore oil drilling operations.’
      • ‘The best outcome would be if the president did for California what he did for Florida, which got permanent protection from offshore oil drilling.’
      • ‘The company makes hydraulic equipment such as winches and cranes, for the fishing and offshore industries.’
      • ‘Gregory bristles with pride when, for example, he says the world leading expert on the West African offshore industry is among their ranks.’
      • ‘Rhodri Thomas, Woodmac's North Sea oil expert, said the oil giants would still have a number of key roles in the UK's offshore industry.’
      • ‘But certain industries, including the offshore oil and gas industry, were given a five-year exemption to give them time to adapt to the changes.’
      • ‘The birds may be fatally attracted to lighthouses, offshore drilling platforms, and the high-intensity lamps used by fishermen to lure squid to the surface.’
      • ‘Another 4000 km pipeline is being built to bring offshore gas from Hainan Island to the southern and eastern coasts.’
      • ‘It is estimated that decommissioning activities will require up to 50,000 trained personnel, and will extend beyond the nuclear industry to chemical and offshore facilities as well.’
      • ‘The Santa Barbara spill, say environmentalists, turned California against offshore drilling.’
  • 2Made, situated, or registered abroad, especially in order to take advantage of lower taxes or costs or less stringent regulation.

    [as adjective] ‘offshore accounts’
    • ‘Investors were asked to send money offshore but later had difficulties recovering their investments, the commission said.’
    • ‘Most of the focus was on the traditional manufacturing jobs that were going offshore.’
    • ‘Most of their business was funnelled offshore to avoid high tax regimes.’
    • ‘Companies sent production offshore even as growth returned.’
    • ‘Extensive use of offshore accounts has been uncovered during previous investigations by the Revenue.’
    • ‘The crooks pay up on small claims until they have collected enough premiums to pad their offshore bank accounts.’
    • ‘The group believes the banks should take responsibility for advising the setting up bogus accounts and offshore trusts.’
    • ‘The business of making offshore films in Canada continues to be a big - news item.’
    • ‘As more call centers move offshore, companies are starting to outsource the monitoring, too.’
    • ‘A lot of corporates and individuals hold offshore accounts legitimately.’
    • ‘They want to save taxes through a complex scheme involving an offshore tax haven.’
    • ‘If offshore outsourcing is not the cause of sluggish job growth, what is?’
    • ‘The very best they can hope for is a multi-billion dollar industry going offshore.’
    • ‘They are right that offshore outsourcing deserves attention and that some measures to assist affected workers are called for.’
    • ‘As you pointed out, these are industries that go offshore.’
    • ‘There are also problems with staffing levels, branch closures and jobs moving offshore.’
    • ‘The decision to target the collection was taken when it was discovered that his other assets are registered offshore.’
    • ‘We should bar the government from signing contracts with any corporation that has moved offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there is more to trading offshore than just registering your company elsewhere.’
    • ‘The first article looks at the effect that offshore outsourcing is having on medical transcription.’
    1. 2.1Of or derived from a foreign country.
      [as adjective] ‘American offshore politics’
      • ‘The funds are believed to have been channelled to the Chavez camp through an offshore company on the island of Curacao.’
      • ‘I see from the commentary that it relates to 6 years of income earned by foreign companies for offshore surveys for possible petroleum fields.’
      • ‘Only 30 percent of the claimed investment had to come from offshore, meaning little foreign exchange would flow into the country.’


  • Move (some of a company's processes or services) overseas.

    ‘he predicts that 750,000 UK jobs will be offshored in the next 10 years’
    • ‘The firm offshores some GIS work to India, while programming activities are done for U.S. clients in Ukraine.’
    • ‘After her position was offshored, the systems analyst took on three jobs: as a cell phone customer-care rep, a department-store clerk, and a real-estate agent.’
    • ‘More than a million and a half jobs have been offshored as multinational buccaneers move plants and assembly lines to countries whose workers are paid poverty wages.’
    • ‘Germany is top job exporter in Europe - it has offshored $48.2bn worth of jobs since the trend began.’
    • ‘Now that some of those jobs are being offshored, it's those markets that will be most affected by that activity.’
    • ‘The newspaper discovered that numerous UK mainframe support staff lost their jobs as a result of these actions and that IBM offshored the work to South Africa.’
    • ‘Students don't want to study computing anymore because all the jobs are being offshored.’
    • ‘Our white-collar jobs are being offshored, and the possibility of lifetime employment is evaporating before our eyes.’
    • ‘The workers warn that customers will suffer when support is offshored to Hungary or China.’
    • ‘I'm pretty sure teachers can't be offshored, but if I start seeing big-screen TVs in my classes, I am going to be worried.’
    • ‘Support staff for the IT department such as procurement are also likely to be offshored.’
    • ‘Its remit was to study the issues affecting the UK call centre industry and its capability to respond to global pressures, particularly the issue of jobs being offshored.’
    • ‘Insiders fear much of this internal work is to be offshored to countries such as India as the telco seeks to cut overheads.’
    • ‘In the US, figures are even higher with predictions of 3.3 million ‘non-farm jobs’ being offshored by 2015.’
    • ‘That said, there are plenty of jobs where it makes sense for them to be offshored.’
    • ‘As more service jobs are offshored, however, that surplus is shrinking rapidly too, declining from $90 billion to $60 billion over the past seven years.’
    • ‘This is also having a chilling effect on students deciding whether to study these disciplines that can be easily offshored.’
    • ‘When we do invent something, production is offshored and the UK operation consists of 50 highly paid designers and a few bean counters and marketing men.’
    • ‘Ironically, the story is about some workers whose jobs were offshored, who came up with the gimmick of selling themselves on eBay.’
    • ‘I'd know it's time for me to adjust and find a different job that can't easily be offshored.’