abroad /əˈbrɔːd / ‹chiefly Brit.›


I. adverb

1. in or to a foreign country or countries

we usually go abroad for a week in May
competition from companies at home and abroad.
2. in different directions; over a wide area

millions of seeds are annually scattered abroad.
3. (of a feeling or rumour) widely current

there is a new buccaneering spirit abroad.
4. freely moving about

hospital inmates abroad on the streets of the town.
‹archaic› out of doors

few people ventured abroad from their warm houses.
‹archaic› wide of the mark; in error.
II. noun [ mass noun]

1. foreign countries considered collectively

servicemen returning from abroad.
– origin Middle English: from a-2 ‘on’ + broad.

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