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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-brawd]
    • /əˈbrɔd/
    • /əˈbrɔːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-brawd]
    • /əˈbrɔd/

Definitions of abroad word

  • adverb abroad If you go abroad, you go to a foreign country, usually one which is separated from the country where you live by an ocean or a sea. 3
  • adverb abroad If there is a story or feeling abroad, people generally know about it or feel it. 3
  • adverb abroad to or in a foreign country or countries 3
  • adjective abroad (of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current 3
  • adjective abroad out in the open 3
  • adjective abroad over a wide area 3

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Origin of abroad

First appearance:

before 1225
One of the 9% oldest English words
First recorded in 1225-75, abroad is from the Middle English word abrod. See a-1, broad

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Abroad


abroad popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abroad usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abroad

adj abroad

  • overseas — over, across, or beyond the sea; abroad: to be sent overseas.
  • away — If someone or something moves or is moved away from a place, they move or are moved so that they are no longer there. If you are away from a place, you are not in the place where people expect you to be.
  • touring — a traveling around from place to place.

adjective abroad

  • foreign — of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native: foreign cars.

adverb abroad

  • afield — away from one's usual surroundings or home (esp in the phrase far afield)

Antonyms for abroad

adj abroad

  • at home — If you feel at home, you feel comfortable in the place or situation that you are in.

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