\ 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

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Meanwhile, interest in his work has been building here and abroad. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "The Darkly Comic Art of Sanya Kantarovsky," 15 May 2019 The royals attended without their spouses as Prince William is abroad in New Zealand and Meghan Markle is currently on maternity leave with her due date quickly approaching. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Prince Harry Sat in Front of Kate Middleton During the Anzac Service in Westminster Abbey," 25 Apr. 2019 Financial firms, of course, might still decide to move more jobs abroad. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Bankers Don’t Flee London, Despite Exodus Predictions," 22 Feb. 2019 Also abroad was Naomi Campbell, who was in Dubai for the 10-year anniversary of the Dubai Mall. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 11 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Pharrell, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, and More," 17 Nov. 2018 In May, shortly after the exhibition was green lit by YSoA, the student organizers sent two surveys to 86 architecture schools in the U.S. and abroad in an effort to understand their experiences on campus and in the profession. Tanay Warerkar, Curbed, "Yale School of Architecture exhibition questions gender disparity in the industry," 18 Oct. 2018 Many families in Southeast Asian (SEA) countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines send members abroad to find better job opportunities. Lin Shih-tung, The Christian Science Monitor, "After dead-end jobs, promise of a future for migrant workers in Taiwan," 15 June 2018 Three quarters of Agency for Surrogacy Solutions’s patients come from abroad, according to Kathryn Kaycoff, de Brito’s partner, with a large percentage from China. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "How California Became the World’s Fertility Treatment Destination," 13 Mar. 2019 Some of their groups have been targeted by legislation making their work more difficult, like a tax on funds received from abroad and the possible jail time for those convicted of aiding asylum seekers. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "US warns Hungary, other allies to shun business with Huawei," 11 Feb. 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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\ 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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