adverb or adjective
\ 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

Examples of abroad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Refugee advocates have long urged the U.S. government to allow American citizens to privately sponsor refugees from abroad. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, 6 May 2022 An ideal outcome would be for Russian civic and business leaders to reach the conclusion that companies from abroad have reached. Alexandra Wrage, Forbes, 5 May 2022 That decline is typically offset by the arrival of immigrants from abroad, but last year that figure plummeted. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Operations resumed in 2021, but with the vaccination rollout just a few months old and international travel restrictions still in place, fewer mountaineers, especially from abroad, participated. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Harry wants to be able to pay for his protection, saying his private security team in the U.S. doesn’t have adequate jurisdiction abroad or access to U.K. intelligence information. Fox News, 15 Apr. 2022 Elghanian had assets and family abroad and multiple opportunities to leave. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Putin urged Russian prosecutors to act more quickly to block unsanctioned demonstrations organized from abroad. Greg Norman, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 Topics will include shooting, cybersecurity and how to manage the first several days of an invasion from abroad. Michael Hunt, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Abroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abroad. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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adverb or adjective
\ 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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