What does abroad mean?

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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.

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  

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. Ali Shihabi:

    Certainly the political space and the space for freedoms was already very tight, and it's gotten much tighter over the last two years. So certainly the environment would provoke more Saudis to go abroad, but it's statistically insignificant.

  2. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab:

    If Prime Minister Boris Johnson are on holiday abroad the time to come home is now while Prime Minister Boris Johnson still can, around the world, more airlines are suspending flights and more airports are closing, some without any notice.

  3. Joe Biden:

    His low-energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for him condemning white supremacists this week I don't believe fooled anyone at home or abroad.

  4. Heritage Action:

    This amendment is inadequate, as it does not cover non-immigrant temporary visas, like students, who also pose security risks, the CCP views every citizen as an instrument to serve the party, and they encourage and apply leverage against many of their citizens working and studying abroad to continue that theft. Passing legislation that would massively increase the number of Chinese national visa holders is a bad idea at this time.

  5. Peter Spuhler:

    The only thing you can do in the short term is relocate part of the production process abroad. Otherwise you have no chance and you don't get the orders.

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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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    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    • A. empire
    • B. downsizing
    • C. scrutiny
    • D. abdomen

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