abroad

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 March exports are expected to rebound sharply from a year earlier when Covid-19 depressed economic activity at home and abroad. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Economy Week Ahead: Inflation, Retail Sales, GDP," 11 Apr. 2021 He was known for his occasionally deeply offensive remarks — and for gamely fulfilling more than 20,000 royal engagements to boost British interests at home and abroad. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 Outside of its Bessemer workforce, the company continues to face pressure from its workers at home and abroad. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Amazon gains enough votes to defeat union drive at Alabama warehouse," 9 Apr. 2021 He was known for his occasionally racist and sexist remarks – and for gamely fulfilling more than 20,000 royal engagements to boost British interests at home and abroad. The Christian Science Monitor, "Prince Philip remembered for his honesty, energy, and loyalty," 9 Apr. 2021 The most important thing governments and companies can do now, says Griffin, is to ensure that vaccines are widely accessible, both at home and abroad, before an even more dangerous variant turns up. Leah Rosenbaum, Forbes, "How Vaccine Companies Are Battling Covid-19 Variants," 9 Apr. 2021 He was known for his occasionally racist and sexist remarks — and for gamely fulfilling more than 20,000 royal engagements to boost British interests at home and abroad. Jill Lawless And Gregory Katz, Chron, "Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies aged 99," 9 Apr. 2021 Under Okuda, who became CEO last April, net income reached a 19-year high of 308.5 billion yen ($2.8 billion) in the nine months ended December, driven by a boom in trading and investment banking at home and abroad. Fortune, "The Bill Hwang-Archegos debacle ends Nomura CEO’s ‘remarkable’ turnaround effort," 31 Mar. 2021 Harris’ role in the administration is emerging as one of salesperson and spokesperson, both at home and abroad. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kamala Harris grows into role as salesperson for Biden, at home and abroad," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of abroad was in the 14th century

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18 Apr 2021

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“Abroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abroad. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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abroad

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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