What does abroad mean?

Definitions for abroad

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word abroad.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abroad, overseasadverb

    in a foreign country

    "markets abroad"; "overseas markets"

  2. abroadadverb

    to or in a foreign country

    "they had never travelled abroad"

  3. afield, abroadadverb

    far away from home or one's usual surroundings

    "looking afield for new lands to conquer"- R.A.Hall

  4. overseas, abroadadverb

    in a place across an ocean


  1. abroadnoun

    countries or lands abroad

  2. abroadadverb

    At large; widely; broadly; over a wide space

    A tree spreads its branches abroad.

  3. abroadadverb

    Without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode

    to walk abroad

  4. abroadadverb

    Beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries.

    We have broils at home and enemies abroad.

  5. abroadadverb

    Before the public at large; throughout society or the world; here and there; widely.

  6. abroadadverb

    Not on target; astray; in error.

  7. abroadadverb

    Played elsewhere than one's home grounds; as in a sport's team.

  8. abroadpreposition

    Throughout, over.

  9. Etymology: * First attested in mid 13th century. From abrood, from a- + brood.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abroadadverb

    Etymology: compounded of a and broad.

    Intermit no watch
    Against a wakeful foe, while I abroad,
    Thro’ all the coasts of dark destruction seek
    Deliverance. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 463.

    Again, the lonely fox roams far abroad,
    On secret rapine bent, and midnight fraud;
    Now haunts the cliff, now traverses the lawn,
    And flies the hated neighbourhood of man. Matthew Prior.

    Welcome, Sir,
    This cell’s my court; here have I few attendants,
    And subjects none abroad. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Lady ———— walked a whole hour abroad, without dying after it; at least in the time I staid; though she seemed to be fainting, and had convulsive motions several times in her head. Alexander Pope, Letters.

    They thought it better to be somewhat hardly yoked at home, than for ever abroad, and discredited. Richard Hooker, Pref.

    Whosoever offers at verbal translation, shall have the misfortune of that young traveller, who lost his own language abroad, and brought home no other instead of it. John Denham.

    What learn our youth abroad, but to refine
    The homely vices of their native land? John Dryden, Span. Friar.

    He who sojourns in a foreign country, refers what he sees and hears abroad, to the state of things at home. Francis Atterbury, Serm.

    Full in the midst of this infernal road,
    An elm displays her dusky arms abroad. John Dryden, Virg. Æn. vi.

    Bodies politic, being subject, as much as natural, to dissolution, by divers means, there are undoubtedly more states overthrown through diseases bred within themselves, than through violence from abroad. Richard Hooker, Dedication.


  1. Abroad

    Abroad (Arabic: الغربة) is a short film directed by Lebanese filmmaker Zayn Alexander. The film made its world premiere at the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 2, 2018. The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies awarded Alexander the 2020 Khayrallah Art Prize for the film.


  1. abroad

    Abroad refers to being in or going to a country that is not one's own. It generally implies traveling to a foreign country for an extended period, such as for vacation, work, study, or living. It's often used to denote an international context outside of the home country.

  2. abroad

    Abroad refers to being in, going to, or coming from a foreign country or countries. It signifies a location that is not within one's home country. This term is typically used in relation to travel or living experiences in a different country.

  3. abroad

    Abroad generally refers to a location or locations outside of one's home country. It can be used to describe traveling or living in foreign countries, typically for a significant amount of time. The term can also refer to something that is spread widely or in a general manner.

  4. abroad

    Abroad generally refers to a location that is outside of, or different from, one's home country. It typically refers to traveling, living, or working in a foreign country. The term emphasizes a geographical location that is different and distant from one's usual or familiar environment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abroadadverb

    at large; widely; broadly; over a wide space; as, a tree spreads its branches abroad

  2. Abroadadverb

    without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode; as, to walk abroad

  3. Abroadadverb

    beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries; as, we have broils at home and enemies abroad

  4. Abroadadverb

    before the public at large; throughout society or the world; here and there; widely

  5. Etymology: [Pref. a- + broad.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abroad

    a-brawd′, adv. on the broad or open space: out of doors: public: in another country. [Prep. a, and Broad.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. abroad

    Synonymous with foreign, or being on a foreign station. Also an old word for spread; as, all sail abroad.

Editors Contribution

  1. abroad

    In another country, than the country we reside in.

    They do go abroad to another country to expore and have an amazing holiday together each year.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. Abroad

    Aboard vs. Abroad -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Aboard and Abroad.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abroad' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2620

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abroad' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2947

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abroad' in Adverbs Frequency: #211

Anagrams for abroad »

  1. aboard

  2. aborad

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abroad in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abroad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of abroad in a Sentence

  1. State Department:

    We are aware of reports of a U.S. citizen detained in Burma, we take seriously our responsibility to assist U.S. citizens abroad and are monitoring the situation. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.

  2. David Malpass:

    I'm very optimistic that we can achieve breakthroughs to create growth abroad that will help us combat extreme poverty and create economic opportunities in the developing world.

  3. Cooper Rust:

    Joel is a different human being (to when he started), he's now traveled abroad.

  4. Chuck Todd:

    If there's one thing that surprised me about the president's State of the Union, it was the lack of connecting the fight for democracy and freedom abroad with the fight for democracy and freedom at home. Today's Bloody Sunday, were you surprised?

  5. Gwyneth Paltrow:

    In 2003 I shot my third InStyle cover in Spain with my exchange family from when I studied abroad as a teen. I still go there all the time, i'm very close to the family. In fact, my Spanish father, Jesus, walked me down the aisle at my wedding [ to TV writer/director/producer Falchuk ] last September. Married life has been really good. We took a year to let everybody [ in the family ] take it in and let the dust settle. And now we're moving in together this month. I adore my husband. He's brilliant and deeply kind. I feel like he's a real equal too. And he pushes me in the best ways. I really like being married. It's fun.

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Translations for abroad

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  • الى الخارج, في الخارجArabic
  • xaricdəAzerbaijani
  • граница, чужбина, открито, извън къщи, навсякъде, странствоBulgarian
  • a l'estrangerCatalan, Valencian
  • v zahraničíCzech
  • AuslandGerman
  • eksterlandeEsperanto
  • en el extranjero, en el exterior, en todas direciones, por todas partes, al exteriorSpanish
  • در خارج از کشورPersian
  • ulkomailla, laajalle, ulkomaille, laajalla, ulkona, ulkomaatFinnish
  • étranger, à l'étrangerFrench
  • a-null thairis, thall thairisScottish Gaelic
  • ass y çheerManx
  • विदेशHindi
  • aletranjeHaitian Creole
  • külföldönHungarian
  • na ùfèsịIgbo
  • all'esteroItalian
  • 国外, 外国, 海外, 在外Japanese
  • 해외, 국외Korean
  • buitenlandDutch
  • utenlands, utlandet, utanlandsNorwegian
  • ultramar, amplamente, [[fora]] [[de]] [[casa]], além-mar, largamente, no, exterior, estrangeiro, aoPortuguese
  • повсю́ду, вширь, снару́жи, широко́, [[за]] [[рубе́ж]], [[за]] [[рубеж, заграница, зарубежье, [[на]] [[улица, везде́, нару́жу, [[за]] [[границаRussian
  • иностранство, inostranstvoSerbo-Croatian
  • utomlands, utrikesSwedish
  • வெளிநாட்டில்Tamil
  • yurtdışıTurkish
  • 國外Chinese

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