[ uh-brawd ]
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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?

  1. out of doors; from one place to another; about: No one was abroad in the noonday heat. The owl ventures abroad at night.

  2. spread around; in circulation: Rumors of disaster are abroad.

  3. broadly; widely; far and wide.

  4. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for abroad


/ (əˈbrɔːd) /

  1. to or in a foreign country or countries

  1. (of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current

  2. out in the open

  1. over a wide area

  2. archaic in error

Origin of abroad

C13: from a- ² + broad

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