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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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Trump last month endorsed expanding the powers of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or Cfius, for reviewing investments from abroad over national security concerns. Saleha Mohsin, BostonGlobe.com, "US, China may talk amid escalating trade threats," 13 July 2018 Those departures were offset by a gain of 58,156 people from abroad during the same time period. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area economy growing nearly twice as fast as rest of U.S.," 10 July 2018 The only pure placekicker ever to be named MVP of the NFL, Mark Moseley was also the last of his toe-kicking breed, as the profession became the domain of soccer-styling Garos and Horsts and Björns from abroad. Michael Farber, SI.com, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 Saudi women who have a driver’s license from abroad have been able to convert them to Saudi licenses for the past month, though the pace has been slow. Aryn Baker / Riyadh, Time, "We Took a Ride With Saudi Arabia's First Women Taxi Drivers," 25 June 2018 Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have sparked anger at home from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from abroad. Author: Roberta Rampton, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he will sign ‘pre-emptive’ order on immigrant families," 20 June 2018 The private school's study abroad trip was disrupted Sunday when 10 students and two faculty members were injured in a bus crash, according to statements from the school. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Teachers, some Providence Day students will remain in Argentina to recover from crash," 20 June 2018 Helena, a junior who watched Jeopardy daily, was considering studying abroad. Washington Post, "Parkland mom: ‘Shooter may as well have just shot us’," 15 June 2018 The young staff are Chinese who have studied abroad and are proficient in one of the network’s five languages—English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian. The Economist, "China is spending billions on its foreign-language media," 14 June 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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