Definition of overseas in US English:


(British oversea)


  • In or to a foreign country, especially one across the sea.

    ‘he spent quite a lot of time working overseas’
    • ‘We have employed the claiming system exactly as it is overseas and to our detriment.’
    • ‘There is a new world out there, and a new kind of person both in the embassies overseas and in King Charles Street.’
    • ‘We deploy the only armed forces who are required to pay UK income tax while on operations overseas.’
    • ‘We're told that when we go overseas we must respect the values of our host nation.’
    • ‘If he wants to go overseas for study or vacation travel, it is an extremely simple matter.’
    • ‘It could be for a relative who lives overseas or a grandchild whom grandparents do not see at Christmas.’
    • ‘Fire officers believe that experience overseas has shown the extra research to be superfluous.’
    • ‘Such is the sketch of the story, which will be published overseas in the full version soon.’
    • ‘It will not be her first trip overseas nor will it be her first representing her country.’
    • ‘The time-lapse was necessary to count the votes sent in by servicemen overseas.’
    • ‘It is a kick in the teeth for the sailors who go on the ships that take our exports overseas.’
    • ‘It was a great experience just being with the team and racing overseas for the first time.’
    • ‘It is estimated that there are four times as many Lebanese living overseas as there are in Lebanon.’
    • ‘It is always difficult to judge what an overseas promotional event is really like.’
    • ‘Having never been abroad, she is considering where to go for her first trip overseas.’
    • ‘Individuals also left Britain voluntarily to seek better opportunities overseas.’
    • ‘They'll stay away from multinationals that use child workers or break labour laws overseas.’
    • ‘What is vital now is that a programme of aggressive support for human rights overseas continues.’
    • ‘Maybe something to do with social work or working for an aid organisation overseas.’
    • ‘I say that not only to you but to our friends overseas and also to those who are not our friends.’
    overseas, out of the country, in foreign parts, to foreign parts, in a foreign country, in a foreign land, to a foreign country, to a foreign land, over the sea, beyond the seas
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  • attributive From, to, or relating to a foreign country, especially one across the sea.

    ‘overseas trips’
    • ‘The influence of overseas players in England has undoubtedly played a part.’
    • ‘One of his sisters and he have become very close and she has even been on overseas trips with Don.’
    • ‘Our collection was the cheapest and best way of keeping a record of overseas trips.’
    • ‘The research report also notes a sharp increase in the number of overseas students coming to Britain.’
    • ‘He's come into the Scotland team, as an overseas player, and dealt with the pressure very well.’
    • ‘Even the underground trains in most overseas cities have a map showing the stations.’
    • ‘Even more tightly controlled than small trips within Japan is overseas travel.’
    • ‘This means its products are suitable for use in overseas markets and in the broader healthcare sector.’
    • ‘The number of overseas weddings has increased by 55 per cent in the last five years.’
    • ‘Virtually all of our overseas visitors will be coming from the coast and going to the coast.’
    • ‘In that time she accompanied members of the Royal Family on some unforgettable overseas tours.’
    • ‘As Mr Wood put it, the policy covers overseas secondment as well as business trips.’
    • ‘Britain is also second only to the United States in the number of overseas doctors it recruits every year.’
    • ‘They would then be able to compete with the new wave of overseas entrants on quality, waiting times and price.’
    • ‘Many of us have an overseas trip twice a year while there are more people than you think who travel abroad up to five times a year.’
    • ‘Quite properly, the city's galleries and museums put on a spread for the many overseas visitors.’
    • ‘One concerns my conclusion that the Kirk's overseas mission should be cut back drastically.’
    • ‘The latest figures show the numbers of overseas tourists are still falling.’
    • ‘It is his second overseas trip since leaving office following a trip to Britain in June.’
    • ‘The police could get a warrant then find out the person is going off on an overseas trip.’
    distant, remote, far off, far flung, external, outside
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  • from overseas

    • From abroad.

      • ‘It is believed some of the dentists are to be recruited from overseas, with an orthodontist due to arrive from New Zealand.’
      • ‘Recently, I've been doing a load of networking with people from overseas.’
      • ‘You can expect to travel yourself and also entertain visitors from overseas.’
      • ‘We could also consider allowing more professionals from overseas who are willing to work here to do so.’
      • ‘Health system is being slowly rebuilt, often with much needed assistance from overseas.’
      • ‘All his spare time goes towards reading police journals, including those from overseas.’
      • ‘Maybe so, but a service of this kind, perhaps from overseas, is only a matter of time.’
      • ‘People from overseas would be appalled at the state of the place.’
      • ‘With its streamlined body and long legs, the Mudhol can beat any retriever or gundog from overseas.’
      • ‘We have good wire benders and thus headpieces are always done here, but some things come from overseas.’