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abroad

[ uh-brawd ]
/ əˈbrɔd /
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adverb

noun

a foreign land or lands: imports from abroad.

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Origin of abroad

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH abroad

aboard, abort, abroad
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British Dictionary definitions for abroad

abroad
/ (əˈbrɔːd) /

adverb

to or in a foreign country or countries

adjective (postpositive)

(of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current
out in the open
over a wide area
archaic in error

Word Origin for abroad

C13: from a- ² + broad
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