adverb or adjective

: 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
: over a wide area : widely
wolves venturing abroad in increasing numbers
old-fashioned : away from one's home
doesn't go walking abroad at night
formal : in wide circulation : about
There are rumors abroad that the company is in trouble.
: wide of the mark : astray

Examples of abroad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over 70 percent of the facilities that make the advanced ingredients on which the U.S. pharmaceutical industry relies are located abroad, and the United States is running short of more medications than at any other point in nearly a decade. Shannon K. O’Neil, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 The Trump administration, however, argued Assange risked the lives of sources and informants by publishing national defense documents and impeded national security efforts abroad. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Sarah Jessica Parker Reflects on Friendship with Late 'SATC' Costar Willie Garson in Touching Tribute In the season 2 premiere of And Just Like That…, star Sarah Jessica Parker gave a nod to Garson when her character Carrie Bradshaw wore a kimono Stanford had sent her from his time abroad. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 More comprehensive experimentation has already landed at some airports abroad. Christine Chung, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 In addition, bequeathing property abroad can be complicated, to say the least. Liz Weston, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 Lightning bugs quickly roused from the grass and scattered abroad. Bill Bowden, arkansasonline.com, 18 Feb. 2024 The Senate early Tuesday passed a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, pushing ahead after months of difficult negotiations and amid growing political divisions in the Republican Party over the role of the United States abroad. TIME, 13 Feb. 2024 The viral infection also seems to be surging abroad, especially in Europe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Korin Miller, SELF, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English abrod, abrood, from a- a- entry 1 + brod, brood broad entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Abroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abroad. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: over a wide area
: away from one's home
doesn't go abroad at night
: in or to foreign countries
travel abroad
: in wide circulation
rumors were abroad
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