in or to a foreign country or countries:
famous at home and abroad.
in or to another continent:
Shall we go to Mexico or abroad this summer?
out of doors; from one place to another; about:
No one was abroad in the noonday heat. The owl ventures abroad at night.
spread around; in circulation:
Rumors of disaster are abroad.
broadly; widely; far and wide.
wide of the mark; in error.
a foreign land or lands:
imports from abroad.
Contemporary Examples

In response, Iran has carried out mass arrests at home—and backed a series of offensives against ISIS abroad.
Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS Jassem Al Salami October 8, 2014

This is a local facilitator and two operatives coming from abroad on a mission with a connection to al Qaeda.
Unraveling Al Qaeda’s Plot Against Spain Bruce Riedel August 6, 2012

There is a struggle between freedom and fundamentalism in our time, both at home and abroad.
Islam’s Civil War John Avlon September 12, 2011

To add to his woes, the president is repeatedly stiff-armed, both at home and abroad.
The Sprawling, Dimming Age of Obama Lloyd Green June 29, 2013

He faces problems at home and abroad that only someone who can carry the nation with him would be capable of solving.
Obama Is the New Reagan Jeffrey Hart November 3, 2008

Historical Examples

The day that he arrived there he proposed to me to accompany him abroad.
Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne

They tried it out at home and when it proved a success, they carried it abroad.
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon

He came back here leading Battery B. His promotion was due to distinguished service performed while abroad.
The Utah Batteries: A History Charles R. Mabey

My physician and my guardian, not knowing what else to do with me, sent me abroad.
Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

The criticism heaped on Ebenezer for his part in it had only served to make him more arrogant at home and abroad.
The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White

to or in a foreign country or countries
adjective (postpositive)
(of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current
out in the open
over a wide area
(archaic) in error

mid-13c., “widely apart,” from Old English on brede, which meant something like “at wide” (see broad (adj.)). The sense “out of doors, away from home” (late 14c.) led to the main modern sense of “out of one’s country, overseas” (mid-15c.).


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