\ˈrōm \
roamed; roaming; roams

Definition of roam 

intransitive verb

1 : to go from place to place without purpose or direction : wander

2 : to travel purposefully unhindered through a wide area cattle roaming in search of water

3 : to use a cellular phone outside one's local calling area roaming charges

transitive verb

: to range or wander over

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Other Words from roam

roam noun
roamer noun

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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

Examples of roam in a Sentence

The cattle roamed in search of water. Goats roam free on the mountain. He roamed about in search of work. The chickens are able to roam around freely in the farmyard. We roamed around town for a while before dinner. She liked to roam through the woods.
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Torre recalled about the pair’s countless felines roaming around the property. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jackie Kennedy Onassis was 'horrified' of recluse aunt, cousin living in crumbling Grey Gardens, book claims," 12 Sep. 2018 Trump contends that this policy has led to thousands of dangerous immigrants from Central America roaming around our country. Dahleen Glanton,, "With Trump, U.S. has ceded the moral high ground on immigration," 21 June 2018 Several other residents and business owners described worries about drug addicts roaming around the city after hours, inviting crime and leaving trash in their wake. Karen Pearlman,, "L.G. council nixes outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center," 12 June 2018 The peacocks are known for roaming freely around the Philadelphia Zoo. CBS News, "Peacocks escape Philadelphia Zoo, one dead, officials say," 31 May 2018 Older children lounged in front of a film, while toddlers roamed around the soft play area. The Economist, "Does growing up poor harm brain development?," 3 May 2018 Also incredibly private is the hyper-luxe La Residence, an intimate hotel designed with grand decor that has exotic peacocks roaming around lush gardens and a pristine pool with mountain views. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Does Cape Town," 17 Apr. 2018 Neighbors reported seeing the pair roaming around the railroad tracks near Braley Road Thursday evening, Freetown Animal Control said in a Facebook post. Elise Takahama,, "The 2 emus that were running around Freetown have been captured," 9 Apr. 2018 On Sunday afternoon, unbeknownst to most of the thousands of fans roaming around the Miami Open, Kyrgios was on Practice Court 3, hitting balls with nine members of MSD’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Kyrgios shows his softer side with Stoneman Douglas tennis team | Miami Herald," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of roam

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for roam

Middle English romen

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English Language Learners Definition of roam

: to go to different places without having a particular purpose or plan


\ˈrōm \
roamed; roaming

Kids Definition of roam

: to go from place to place with no fixed purpose or direction

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