- in or to a foreign country or countries: famous at home and abroad.
- in or to another continent: Shall we go to Mexico or abroad this summer?
- out of doors; from one place to another; about: No one was abroad in the noonday heat. The owl ventures abroad at night.
- spread around; in circulation: Rumors of disaster are abroad.
- broadly; widely; far and wide.
- wide of the mark; in error.
- a foreign land or lands: imports from abroad.
Origin of abroad
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Examples from the Web for abroad
Even after he became a citizen in 1955, he regarded himself as an Englishman abroad.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Amanda came home to largely welcoming American arms, her case held up as an example of hostility to Americans abroad.Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession
November 26, 2014
As talks get underway again in Vienna, many voices are raised against them on Capitol Hill and abroad.It’s Time to Nail the Iran Nuke Deal
Rep. Rush Holt, Kate Gould
October 15, 2014
In response, Iran has carried out mass arrests at home—and backed a series of offensives against ISIS abroad.Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS
Jassem Al Salami
October 9, 2014
And once again with ISIS we have seen universal condemnation by Muslims leaders in the United States and abroad.Why Muslims Hate Terrorism More
August 12, 2014
They tried it out at home and when it proved a success, they carried it abroad.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
I am going away, God only knows where; it may be abroad, it may not.Life in London
My physician and my guardian, not knowing what else to do with me, sent me abroad.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The inference is that he was imported from abroad for the purpose of committing this outrage.The Secret Agent
A stern, uncompromising, and solemn spirit of inquiry is abroad.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- to or in a foreign country or countries
- (of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current
- out in the open
- over a wide area
- archaic in error
Word Origin and History for abroad
mid-13c., "widely apart," from Old English on brede, which meant something like "at wide" (see broad (adj.)). The sense "out of doors, away from home" (late 14c.) led to the main modern sense of "out of one's country, overseas" (mid-15c.).