\ ə-ˈbrȯd How to pronounce abroad (audio) \

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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The vaccine works so well that the CDC declared measles eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, but cases brought in from abroad still cause outbreaks among communities that haven't been immunized today. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Measles Signs in Kids Every Parent Needs to Know About," 3 Apr. 2019 Amy is moving abroad but has agreed to stay on to help following the birth of her baby. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Amy Pickerill, Meghan Markle's Top Royal Aide, Is Quitting Her Job With the Duchess," 9 Mar. 2019 Ten percent goes into household garbage, 40 percent ends up with scavengers and unregistered recyclers, 10 percent is shipped abroad as functioning secondhand equipment, and 5 percent is exported illegally. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "'E-waste': Getting grip on a growing global problem," 9 July 2018 Juventusare also said to be interested in signing Milinković-Savić this summer but Lazio, a club who are not financially required to sell this summer, would rather see the midfielder shipped abroad after the World Cup. SI.com, "Real Madrid Ready £132m Offer Plus Bonuses for In-Demand Lazio Star Amid Interest From Man Utd," 11 June 2018 In addition to their partners abroad, Snowe has Rachel's family to thank for the idea. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Snowe’s New Linen Bedding is the Key to Sweet Dreams," 26 Feb. 2019 But Iranians living abroad were, according to National Interest, were still applying for the citizenship in droves. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "More Iranians 'buying' passports in other countries to evade U.S travel ban, sanctions," 29 Aug. 2018 The singer’s arrest and alleged torture at the hands of state agents in August drew widespread condemnation abroad and at home, provoking street protests in Kampala. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave," 17 Dec. 2018 Get our daily newsletter Officials said Ms Liu, 57, was allowed to go abroad to seek medical treatment. The Economist, "China frees the widow of a Nobel peace-prize winner," 11 July 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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\ ə-ˈbrȯd How to pronounce abroad (audio) \

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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