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 The holiday, which starts Feb. 12, is usually the world's single biggest movement of humanity as hundreds of millions of Chinese leave cities to visit their hometowns or tourist spots or travel abroad. David Mchugh, Star Tribune, "Around the globe, virus cancels spring travel for millions," 8 Feb. 2021 Another government survey from 2019 found that just a third of young Japanese want to study abroad, compared with 66% of South Koreans and 51% of Germans. The Economist, "Few young Japanese want to study or work abroad," 6 Feb. 2021 Passengers ages 2 and older who travel abroad will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their return flights. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "New San Antonio-to-Cancun flights to start," 25 Jan. 2021 The policy, which goes into effect on January 26, now has destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, racing to provide a solution for travelers who may have already been wary to travel abroad in the midst of the pandemic. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "These 10 Caribbean Resorts Will Offer COVID-19 Testing In Response To New US Re-Entry Requirement," 21 Jan. 2021 What was essentially a disease brought into the country by those who could afford to travel abroad left daily wage earners scrambling for basic survival. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The stock market vs. the hunger index: The painful display of India’s inequality during the pandemic," 18 Jan. 2021 In Britain, half of the students who study abroad do so through Erasmus. New York Times, "Britain Mourns a Cherished Education Exchange Program Ended by Brexit," 29 Dec. 2020 Rich Nigerians, those who run the country, send their children to study abroad, Ismail said. Washington Post, "More than 300 boys missing after gunmen raid school in northwest Nigeria," 14 Dec. 2020 Yulissa Garcia-Serrato and her classmates were supposed to meet the former Croatian president during their study abroad trip to the Balkan country this summer. Maya Goldman, WSJ, "How to Study Abroad When You Can’t Leave Home," 8 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Feb 2021

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“Abroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abroad. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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