Definition of offshore in English:


adverb & adjective

  • 1Situated at sea some distance from the shore.

    [as adjective] ‘this huge stretch of coastline is dominated by offshore barrier islands’
    [as adverb] ‘we dropped anchor offshore’
    1. 1.1(of the wind) blowing toward the sea from the land.
    2. 1.2Relating to the business of extracting oil or gas from the seabed.
      ‘offshore drilling’
  • 2Made, situated, or conducting business abroad, especially in order to take advantage of lower costs or less stringent regulation.

    [as adjective] ‘deposits in offshore accounts’
    1. 2.1Relating to or derived from a foreign country.
      [as adjective] ‘offshore politics’


  • Relocate (a business or department) to a foreign country to take advantage of lower costs.

    ‘firms had offshored some activities by early 2004’
    • ‘I'd know it's time for me to adjust and find a different job that can't easily be offshored.’
    • ‘Ironically, the story is about some workers whose jobs were offshored, who came up with the gimmick of selling themselves on eBay.’
    • ‘Students don't want to study computing anymore because all the jobs are being offshored.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Insiders fear much of this internal work is to be offshored to countries such as India as the telco seeks to cut overheads.’
    • ‘Our white-collar jobs are being offshored, and the possibility of lifetime employment is evaporating before our eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Support staff for the IT department such as procurement are also likely to be offshored.’
    • ‘The workers warn that customers will suffer when support is offshored to Hungary or China.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That said, there are plenty of jobs where it makes sense for them to be offshored.’
    • ‘In the US, figures are even higher with predictions of 3.3 million ‘non-farm jobs’ being offshored by 2015.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now that some of those jobs are being offshored, it's those markets that will be most affected by that activity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is also having a chilling effect on students deciding whether to study these disciplines that can be easily offshored.’
    • ‘The firm offshores some GIS work to India, while programming activities are done for U.S. clients in Ukraine.’
    • ‘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.’