\ ˈrōm How to pronounce roam (audio) \
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

Other Words from roam

roam noun
roamer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for roam

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Jones is a guerrilla marketer, a job that requires him to roam the many different corners of the city. Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 In years past, parents might not have been able to find out what’s in a library collection, giving students a certain measure of freedom to roam the stacks. David Ingram, NBC News, 12 May 2022 In May 2020, he was diagnosed with clinical depression and responded by escaping to the Lake District in Northern England with his dogs to roam the wild hills and clear his mind. Phil Boucher,, 9 May 2022 For families or those with dogs, the park has a playground for children and ample green space to roam around. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 Meanwhile, customers of prepaid services like Mint Mobile, Tracfone or others might not be able to roam with their phone numbers at all. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 In contrast, Cooley’s cast has been sealed in an enclosure, given no freedom to roam beyond the barrier of impersonation. The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Being able to roam sideline-to-sideline with his speed and power, Cross is a weapon that can be deployed by any NFL defensive coordinator. Evan Sidery, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 That mind will continue to roam and experiment, striving to shed light on a darkening world, a worthy mission no matter the medium. Justin J Wee, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Roam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈrōm How to pronounce roam (audio) \
roamed; roaming

Kids Definition of roam

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

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