Definition of overseas in US English:

overseas

(British oversea)

adverb

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

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

  • attributive From, to, or relating to a foreign country, especially one across the sea.

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

  • from overseas

    • From abroad.

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

Pronunciation

overseas

/ˌoʊvərˈsiz//ˌōvərˈsēz/