Definition of offshore in English:


Syllabification: off·shore
Pronunciation: /ˈôfˈSHôr, ˈäf-

adjective & adverb

  • 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
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    • 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.
    • As long as Aboriginal people have been living near the Great Barrier Reef, they have traveled to offshore islands and reefs.
    • 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.
  • 1.1(Of the wind) blowing toward the sea from the land.
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    • Winds blowing offshore push water away from the shore.
    • The spray from the offshore wind was blowing over the backside.
    • Horrified onlookers could only watch, as an offshore wind blew their flimsy dinghy vessel, into deeper water.
  • 1.2Of or relating to the business of extracting oil or gas from the seabed: offshore drilling
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    • As well as large passenger vessels, he has also identified the offshore oil business and the cargo industry as likely targets.
    • 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.
    • The company makes hydraulic equipment such as winches and cranes, for the fishing and offshore industries.
  • 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
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    • The decision to target the collection was taken when it was discovered that his other assets are registered offshore.
    • Unfortunately, there is more to trading offshore than just registering your company elsewhere.
    • A lot of corporates and individuals hold offshore accounts legitimately.
  • 2.1Of, relating to, or derived from a foreign country: [as adjective]: offshore politics
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    • Only 30 percent of the claimed investment had to come from offshore, meaning little foreign exchange would flow into the country.
    • I see from the commentary that it relates to 6 years of income earned by foreign companies for offshore surveys for possible petroleum fields.
    • The funds are believed to have been channelled to the Chavez camp through an offshore company on the island of Curacao.


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  • Relocate (a business or department) to a foreign country to take advantage of lower costs: firms had offshored some activities by early 2004
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    • The firm offshores some GIS work to India, while programming activities are done for U.S. clients in Ukraine.
    • 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.
    • Ironically, the story is about some workers whose jobs were offshored, who came up with the gimmick of selling themselves on eBay.

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