Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Out of one's own country.
  • adv. In a foreign country or countries.
  • adv. Away from one's home.
  • adv. In circulation; at large.
  • adv. Covering a large area; widely: "An epidemic is abroad in America” ( Richard M. Smith).
  • adv. Not on target; in error.
  • n. A foreign country or countries in which to live or travel: "Do you like abroad or hate it?” ( John le Carré).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Played elsewhere than one's home grounds; as in a sport's team.
  • prep. Throughout, over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. At large; widely; broadly; over a wide space.
  • adv. Without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode.
  • adv. Beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries.
  • adv. Before the public at large; throughout society or the world; here and there; widely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Broadly; widely; expansively; outward on all or on both sides.
  • Out of or beyond certain limits
  • Absent; gone away, especially to a considerable distance: as, the head of the firm is abroad. In an active state; astir; in circulation: as, there are thieves abroad; rumors of disaster are abroad.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a place across an ocean
  • adv. far away from home or one's usual surroundings
  • adv. to or in a foreign country
  • adj. in a foreign country

Etymologies

Middle English abrod : a-, in, on; see a-2 + brod, broad; see broad.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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