• (RP) IPA: /əˈbɹɔːd/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈbɹɔd/

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.)]
    A tree spreads its branches abroad.
  3. (dated) Without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350.)]
    • 1891, Rudyard Kipling, The Return of Imray
      She spoke to Strickland in a language of her own, and whenever in her walks abroad she saw things calculated to destroy the peace of Her Majesty the Queen Empress, she returned to her master and gave him information.
  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.]
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Mark 1:45 ↗:
      But he went out, and beganne to publish it much, and to blase abroad the matter: insomuch that Iesus could no more openly enter into the citie, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from euery quarter.
  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.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: amplamente, largamente
  • Russian: широко́
  • Spanish: por todas partes, en todas direcciones
  • Portuguese: fora de casa
  • Russian: (where) снару́жи
  • Spanish: al exterior


  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.
Translations Preposition
  1. Throughout, over.

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