AskDefine | Define abroad

Dictionary Definition

abroad adj : in a foreign country; "markets abroad"; "overseas markets" [syn: overseas] adv
1 to or in a foreign country; "they had never travelled abroad"
2 far away from home or one's usual surroundings; "looking afield for new lands to conquer"- R.A.Hall [syn: afield]
3 in a place across an ocean [syn: overseas, beyond the sea, over the sea]

User Contributed Dictionary



Prefix a- + broad



  1. At large; widely; broadly; over a wide space; as, a tree spreads its branches abroad
    • The fox roams far abroad - Prior
  2. Without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode; as, to walk abroad
    • I went to St. James', where another was preaching in the court abroad - Evelyn
  3. Beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries; as, we have broils at home and enemies abroad
    • Another prince ... was living abroad - Macaulay
  4. Before the public at large; throughout society or the world; here and there; widely.
    • He went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter. - Mark 1-45


Derived terms

  • To be abroad
    1. To be wide of the mark; to be at fault; as, you are all abroad in your guess.
    2. To be at a loss or nonplussed.


at large; widely; broadly; over a wide space
without a certain confine; outside the house
beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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