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abroad (adv.)

mid-13c., "widely apart," a contraction of on brode, from Old English on brede, "in width," literally "at wide" (see a- (1) + broad (adj.)). From c. 1300 as "at a distance from each other," hence "out of doors, away from home" (late 14c.) also "at a distance generally" (early 15c.), and the main modern sense, "out of one's country, overseas" (mid-15c.).

Origin and meaning of abroad

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Definitions of abroad from WordNet
1
abroad (adv.)
to or in a foreign country;
they had never travelled abroad
abroad (adv.)
far away from home or one's usual surroundings; "looking afield for new lands to conquer"- R.A.Hall;
Synonyms: afield
abroad (adv.)
in a place across an ocean;
Synonyms: overseas
2
abroad (adj.)
in a foreign country;
markets abroad
Synonyms: overseas
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