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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: abroad 'over a wide area' (13-21 centuries), from broad

abroad

adverb
     
a‧broad S2 W3
1 in or to a foreign country:
I've never lived abroad before.
She often goes abroad on business.
We never travelled abroad when we were kids.
goods imported from abroad
The books about Harry Potter are very popular now, both at home and abroad.
2 formal if a feeling, piece of news etc is abroad, a lot of people feel it or know about it:
commercial secrets which we did not want to be spread abroad

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