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abroad

[uh-brawd] /əˈbrɔd/
adverb
1.
in or to a foreign country or countries:
famous at home and abroad.
2.
in or to another continent:
Shall we go to Mexico or abroad this summer?
3.
out of doors; from one place to another; about:
No one was abroad in the noonday heat. The owl ventures abroad at night.
4.
spread around; in circulation:
Rumors of disaster are abroad.
5.
broadly; widely; far and wide.
6.
wide of the mark; in error.
noun
7.
a foreign land or lands:
imports from abroad.
Origin of abroad
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English abrod. See a-1, broad
Can be confused
aboard, abort, abroad.
Synonyms
1. overseas. 3. out, outside. 4. everywhere, rife.
Antonyms
1. at home.
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  • The day that he arrived there he proposed to me to accompany him abroad.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
  • They tried it out at home and when it proved a success, they carried it abroad.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • He came back here leading Battery B. His promotion was due to distinguished service performed while abroad.

  • My physician and my guardian, not knowing what else to do with me, sent me abroad.

  • The criticism heaped on Ebenezer for his part in it had only served to make him more arrogant at home and abroad.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
British Dictionary definitions for abroad

abroad

/əˈbrɔːd/
adverb
1.
to or in a foreign country or countries
adjective (postpositive)
2.
(of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current
3.
out in the open
4.
over a wide area
5.
(archaic) in error
Word Origin
C13: from a-² + broad
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Word Origin and History for abroad
adv.

mid-13c., "widely apart," from Old English on brede, which meant something like "at wide" (see broad (adj.)). The sense "out of doors, away from home" (late 14c.) led to the main modern sense of "out of one's country, overseas" (mid-15c.).

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