\ ə-ˈbrȯd \

Definition of abroad

1 : beyond the boundaries of one's country : in or to a foreign country traveling abroad hopes to study abroad next year both at home and abroad a family that came here from abroad [=from a foreign country] several years ago
2 : over a wide area : widely wolves venturing abroad in increasing numbers
3 old-fashioned : away from one's home doesn't go walking abroad at night
4 formal : in wide circulation : about There are rumors abroad that the company is in trouble.
5 : wide of the mark : astray

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This support helped the ministry understand why Teaching at the Right Level worked in India, and then, instead of simply copying a program from abroad, adapt it carefully for the Zambian school system. Meagan Neal, Vox, "It’s hard to design good policies. This simple idea can help governments do it.," 21 Dec. 2018 Almost all e-bike dealers in the US import their e-bikes from abroad, mostly China — although there are a number of boutique firms located in Europe. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "GM is now making e-bikes, and it needs your help naming them," 2 Nov. 2018 The Honduran government has been under significant pressure from abroad to solve the killing in a country where impunity runs high. Fox News, "Trial for murder of Honduran environmental activist delayed," 18 Sep. 2018 It wasn’t built, but UN and U.S. involvement produced a flourishing of new architecture in Skopje, importing European architects and sponsoring study abroad for Macedonian design students. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 Driving the glut are cheese makers who ramped up production before trade tensions abroad tamped down demand for many of their products. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The NAACP’s weeklong boycott of Facebook and Instagram begins today," 18 Dec. 2018 If we are indeed threatened by fascist movements, both here and abroad, what can citizens and governments do about it? Sean Illing, Vox, "A Yale philosopher on fascism, truth, and Donald Trump.," 15 Dec. 2018 In the decade since his retirement, Mutombo has invested millions in philanthropic causes in his native country and abroad. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem," 27 Nov. 2018 Many see the decision to move the game abroad as a lucrative business deal aimed at filling the pockets of a few. Debora Rey, The Seattle Times, "Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of abroad

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for abroad

Middle English abrod, abrood, from a- a- entry 1 + brod, brood broad entry 1

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a broad spectrum



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Kids Definition of abroad

1 : over a wide area The tree's branches are spread abroad.
2 : in the open : outdoors Few people are abroad at this early hour.
3 : in or to a foreign country travel abroad
4 : known to many people The rumor soon got abroad.

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