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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

Examples of abroad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as an artist, songwriter and/or producer himself, Park has more than 55 singles that have topped charts domestically or abroad. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "J.Y. Park Shares the Real-Life Inspirations That Fuel His 25-Plus Years at the Center of K-Pop," 31 Dec. 2019 Finally, remembrances were held for the victims of mass violence, the brave first-responders who perished in the line of duty, and the men and women in uniform who sacrificed their lives, here and abroad, for their fellow citizens. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 31 Dec. 2019 Anti-Semitism is an awful, ugly scourge that isn’t locked in the past, but alive and active here and abroad. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Celebs and Politicians Left 'Heartbroken and Deeply Disturbed' After Hanukkah Celebration Stabbings," 29 Dec. 2019 Improving enforcement and removing the biologics-exclusivity provision are shrewd moves that can help pave the way for future trade-liberalization efforts, both domestically and abroad. Clark Packard, National Review, "The USMCA Should Be the First Step to Broader Trade Liberalization," 11 Dec. 2019 The watchdog found that Morgan was fixated in 2015 on improving the FBI’s National Executive Institute course, a training program for leaders of large law enforcement agencies domestically and abroad. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Exclusive: Trump’s top border official broke FBI rules to fund happy hours," 26 Nov. 2019 After all, in his first speech delivered abroad as president, Trump sighed wistfully before a summit of Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia about the glories of the region’s antiquity. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The Trump administration’s obsession with an ancient Persian emperor," 1 Nov. 2019 But a single tweet from a general manager supporting protesters in Hong Kong could threaten that relationship and affect the way the public here and abroad views the league’s intentions on social issues. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Dodgers lose Game 4," 8 Oct. 2019 Through a variety of programs, the company is expanding its outreach to the Spanish-speaking community both locally and abroad. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Opera’s Puente-Catán building bridges with Latin America," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Abroad.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abroad. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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