abroad

abroad

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of abroad in English

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English

Etymology

First attested in mid 13th century. From Middle English abrood (broadly widely scattered), from a- (on, in) + brood (broad). Equivalent to a- +‎ broad.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈbɹɔːd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɹɔd/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːd

Adverb

abroad (not comparable)

  1. Beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470.)]
  2. (dated) At large; widely; broadly; over a wide space. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350.)]
  3. (dated) Without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350.)]
  4. (dated) Before the public at large; throughout society or the world; here and there; moving without restriction. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
  5. Not on target; astray; in error; confused; dazed. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
  6. (sports) Played elsewhere than one's home grounds.

Synonyms

  • overseas

Derived terms

  • be abroad

Translations

Noun

abroad

  1. (rare) Countries or lands abroad. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
    • 1929, King George V, widely (and variously) quoted:
      I hate abroad, abroad’s bloody.
    • 2001 March 13, The Earl of Onslow, speaking in the House of Lords, quoted in Hansard:
      That is not a xenophobic remark. I am a xenophiliac; I love abroad. I love foreigners. I just do not like the way that they are running the European agricultural policy.

Derived terms

  • near abroad

Translations

Preposition

abroad

  1. Throughout, over.

Translations

References

  • "Now abroad has entered English as a noun" - The New York Times, "ON LANGUAGE; The Near Abroad", William Safire, May 22, 1994, quoting Christian Caryl

Anagrams

  • A board, Baroda, aboard, aborad

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