Meaning of abroad in English:


Pronunciation /əˈbrɔːd/

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  • 1In or to a foreign country or countries.

    ‘we usually go abroad for a week in May’
    • ‘competition from companies at home and abroad’
    • ‘Why do they think they are so much better than everyone else when they go abroad?’
    • ‘That should lead to sharp reductions in market share and employment both at home and abroad, and a likely wave of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies.’
    • ‘If we can hire foreign coaches why can't we go abroad to gain more experience and improve our form?’
    • ‘I can't go abroad or travel, or go out shopping or socialising.’
    • ‘This exhibition reflects scenes and inspiration from his travels at home and abroad.’
    • ‘Please don't go abroad without travel insurance.’
    • ‘There were opportunities for considerable travel at home and abroad.’
    • ‘The biggest shock for the union seems to be that, if given the opportunity, patients will choose to travel round the country, and even go abroad if it means that they will be treated faster.’
    • ‘Most of her stock, she says, comes from Denmark and Germany and she travels to fairs and trade-shows both at home and abroad to see what is available and to buy.’
    • ‘When a nation faces deadly attacks on its citizens at home and abroad, it is only reasonable to expect that its leaders will take appropriate measures to increase security.’
    • ‘Such flexibility is obviously one of the reasons it can compete so effectively against vigorous competition at home and abroad.’
    • ‘According to Kinley, ‘It's that Canadian insecurity - if you want something good, you go abroad for it.’’
    • ‘So despite the widespread acceptance of bioengineered crops in this country, farmers still worry whether they'll be able to sell what they grow at home and abroad.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Caroline's Rainbow Foundation - the charity set up by Marjorie to help backpackers planning to go abroad - is set to launch its own educational video.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I go abroad a few times a year to Spain and France and it comes in handy to have some Euros.’’
    • ‘Now the council is planning to spend £217,000 setting up a new marketing department to carry out the ‘rebranding’ of Manchester at home and abroad.’
    • ‘His informal style of speech and amicable personality, combined with professional experience at home and abroad make him a distinctive figure in contemporary Japan.’
    • ‘I don't remember having holidays as a kid - we just used to play football, or whatever - and I didn't go abroad until I was at university, when we went to Urbino in Italy.’
    • ‘Simon, who is hoping to go abroad on a long holiday when it is all over, added: ‘Never fall out with your family, you never know when you might need them.’’
    • ‘The commission says the healthcare aspect of the proposal, allowing patients to go abroad to get treatment due to long waiting lists in their home countries, clarifies the existing practice.’
    overseas, out of the country, in foreign parts, to foreign parts, in a foreign country, in a foreign land, to a foreign country, to a foreign land, over the sea, beyond the seas
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  • 2In different directions; over a wide area.

    ‘millions of seeds are annually scattered abroad’
    • ‘Therefore is the name of it called Babel, because the Lord did dare confound the language of all the Earth and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the Earth.’
    • ‘The vast inflow and outflow of tourists and emigrants means millions of pounds of Irish notes and coins may be scattered abroad.’
    • ‘They were scattered abroad over the face of the earth.’
    • ‘So the Lord scattered them abroad from that place upon the face of all the earth.’
    widely, far and wide, everywhere, here, there, and everywhere, in all directions
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    1. 2.1(of a feeling or rumour) widely current.
      ‘there is a new buccaneering spirit abroad’
      • ‘After all the bitterness in the game over the past few years, there seemed something of a new spirit abroad, to which the persona of Tony Gilbert, the Borders' Kiwi coach, has contributed.’
      • ‘In short, at the top of the new century he caught a new spirit abroad.’
      • ‘First, there may be an entrepreneurial spirit increasingly abroad in Sweden and its cultural industries that has led to a wave of start-ups.’
      • ‘A spirit of enquiry is abroad among the Chinese, and there is a class of students, by no means small in number, who receive with avidity instruction on scientific matters from the West.’
      at large, current, in circulation, circulating, in the air, about, afoot, around, astir
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    2. 2.2Freely moving about.
      ‘hospital inmates abroad on the streets of the town’
      • ‘Some wonder why, if the police knew of the businessman's illegal activities, he was abroad in the streets, in his luxury car or designer bar, rather than in jail.’
      • ‘They could only walk abroad in the streets if accompanied by a slave or other attendant.’
      • ‘It's impossible to read of the terrors abroad in her shabby streetscapes without total emotional involvement.’
      • ‘The OED gives, ‘When a nation is in the throes of revolution, wild spirits are abroad in the storm.’’
      • ‘In our three weeks in Cornwall, Wales and Ireland, we saw amazing sites and felt remarkable spirits abroad in the land.’
      • ‘When traditional people speak of ‘spirits’ that are abroad, they tend to refer to presence such as the wind, or the creative force of a word.’
      around, here and there, to and fro, back and forth, from place to place, hither and thither, in every direction, in all directions, abroad
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  • 3 archaic Out of doors.

    ‘few people ventured abroad from their warm houses’
    • ‘There wouldn't be enough time to drop by the Academy before nightfall, and he didn't particularly want to be abroad in the streets then.’
  • 4 archaic Wide of the mark; in error.


mass noun
  • Foreign countries considered collectively.

    ‘servicemen returning from abroad’
    • ‘I believe it a positive development when people from abroad buy land in a country, it can help economically.’
    • ‘Anyone who begins to have recurring, shaking chills up to one year after returning home from abroad should seek professional medical care.’
    • ‘Their latest move was divulged yesterday at the same time as the National Farmers Union warned that bringing home food or plants from abroad could bring a serious risk of spreading disease.’
    • ‘Food aid from abroad must now make up for these lost harvests.’
    • ‘But there is still anger in the industry about British firms being undercut by hauliers from abroad who are paying so much less for fuel.’
    • ‘Making something and swapping it for something from abroad is no different than making it directly.’
    • ‘A good summer is the key to getting crowds both from Ireland and abroad into the area.’
    • ‘A center has been set up at the Chaklala Airbase in Islamabad to speedily transport the relief goods received from abroad to the designated areas, he said.’
    • ‘During peak season, at least 25 per cent of customers in the Grafton Street area are visitors from abroad.’
    • ‘While they are buying well-known brand names and waiting for prestige and fat profits to result, they tend to forget the major difference between home and abroad.’
    • ‘Today, students applying to SFU from abroad face differential fees amounting to as much as three times the tuition paid by domestic students.’
    • ‘America's 18 Nato allies stated last night that attacks could be considered an attack on the whole alliance if it turned out they were directed from abroad.’
    • ‘At the beginning of last year, the Government announced that it expected direct investment from abroad to reach two billion euro.’
    • ‘Even the lovely ladies from abroad know the difference between Harrods and Aldi.’
    • ‘The other directors from abroad are coming in next week so we had to hash it out now.’
    • ‘The total amount of direct investment from abroad totals $11.5 billion, compared to $43 billion for China.’
    • ‘Direct investment from abroad has also fallen.’
    • ‘I'm not agree with some Greek-Australians who say that the Greeks of abroad are different.’
    • ‘Airships regularly landed there bringing tourists from abroad to enjoy the facilities and the area has also hosted a round Britain air race, football cup finals and an international boat race.’
    • ‘Some 680 companies from 20 countries and areas will showcase their products, with 340 companies from abroad.’


Middle English from a-‘on’ + broad.