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  1. in or to a foreign country or countries: famous at home and abroad.
  2. in or to another continent: Shall we go to Mexico or abroad this summer?
  3. out of doors; from one place to another; about: No one was abroad in the noonday heat. The owl ventures abroad at night.
  4. spread around; in circulation: Rumors of disaster are abroad.
  5. broadly; widely; far and wide.
  6. wide of the mark; in error.
  1. a foreign land or lands: imports from abroad.

Origin of abroad

First recorded in 1225–75, abroad is from the Middle English word abrod. See a-1, broad
Can be confusedaboard abort abroad

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Related Words for abroad

overseas, elsewhere, away, touring

Examples from the Web for abroad

Contemporary Examples of abroad

Historical Examples of abroad

  • 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

    Edwin Hodder

  • My physician and my guardian, not knowing what else to do with me, sent me abroad.

  • The inference is that he was imported from abroad for the purpose of committing this outrage.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • A stern, uncompromising, and solemn spirit of inquiry is abroad.

British Dictionary definitions for abroad


  1. to or in a foreign country or countries
adjective (postpositive)
  1. (of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current
  2. out in the open
  3. over a wide area
  4. archaic in error

Word Origin for abroad

C13: from a- ² + broad
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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.).

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