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rove

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verb \ˈrōv\

Definition of rove

roved

roving

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move aimlessly :  roam

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to wander through or over



Origin and Etymology of rove

earlier, to shoot at random, wander, of unknown origin


First Known Use: 1536

Synonym Discussion of rove

wander, roam, ramble, rove, traipse, meander mean to go about from place to place usually without a plan or definite purpose. wander implies an absence of or an indifference to a fixed course <fond of wandering about the square just watching the people>. roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield <liked to roam through the woods>. ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective <the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point>. rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming <armed brigands roved over the countryside>. traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful <traipsed all over town looking for the right dress>. meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering <the river meanders for miles through rich farmland>.

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rove

noun

Definition of rove

  1. :  an act or instance of wandering



1606

First Known Use of rove

1606


3

rove

Definition of rove

  1. past and past participle of reeve




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rove

verb

Definition of rove

roved

roving

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to join (textile fibers) with a slight twist and draw out into roving



Origin and Etymology of rove

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1789


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rove

noun

Definition of rove

  1. :  roving



1789

First Known Use of rove

1789

Rhymes with rove



ROVE Defined for Kids

rove

play
verb \ˈrōv\

Definition of rove for Students

roved

roving

  1. :  to wander without definite plan or direction

rover

noun



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