[ adverb, noun oh-ver-seez; adjective oh-ver-seez ]
/ adverb, noun ˌoʊ vərˈsiz; adjective ˈoʊ vərˈsiz /
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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.



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Also especially British, o·ver·sea [adverb oh-ver-see; adjective oh-ver-see] /adverb ˌoʊ vərˈsi; adjective ˈoʊ vərˈsi/ (for defs. 1-4).

Origin of overseas

before 1150; oversea (Middle English overse,Old English ofer sǣ;see over-, sea) + -s3 or -s1
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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 singular) informal a foreign country or foreign countries collectively
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