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 Not to mention, international travel restrictions in response to coronavirus variants can be reinstated quickly, making working remotely from abroad still a roll of the dice. cleveland, 9 Jan. 2022 When Israel first put the travel restrictions in place, the majority of Omicron cases within the country were travelers returning from abroad. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 The loss of visitors from abroad, who helped power a tourism sector responsible for half of Bali’s economy and employing nearly one-third of its workforce, has refocused the industry to rely on domestic tourists and locals. Adi Renaldi, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 Today, around 40% of Kosovo’s energy comes from abroad. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2022 All international travelers, including citizens returning from abroad, are also now required to get tested within one day of boarding a flight. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 4 Jan. 2022 Bukele has pitched Bitcoin as an opportunity for Salvadorans, especially as a way around high fees for people receiving US dollars from abroad, a flow that represents nearly a quarter of El Salvador’s economy. Wired, 2 Jan. 2022 Federal authorities, meanwhile, prioritized international terrorism, particularly Islamic militants, even as deaths linked to domestic terrorism mounted while threats from abroad receded. Abbey Monsour, USA TODAY, 30 Dec. 2021 That frustration was palpable for many international travelers, many of whom had only recently regained enough a sense of security to go abroad again. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021

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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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12 Jan 2022

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“Abroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abroad. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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