roam

verb
\ 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

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.
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There’s a slight chance that showers and storms may roam, especially during the first half of the night. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Un-muggy heat through tomorrow, but then we turn steamy and wetter into next week," 13 July 2018 As the user travels, the call is handed off to successive towers, and the cell phone companies keep records of the phone numbers routed through each tower to sort out such things as roaming charges. NBC News, "Supreme Court says police can't use your phone to track you without a court order," 22 June 2018 The Winchester opened in November in the former home of The Lion & Rose Restaurant & Pub, with a menu curated by roaming San Antonio chef Brian West, formerly of Smoke, and a long list of frothy, complicated cocktails. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: The Winchester British pub fires blanks on Broadway," 21 June 2018 Around 50,000 to 70,000 feral horses roam the Navajo Nation, according to a statement from his office. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 For example, more than 40 hippopotamuses roam free in Colombia, stemming from a handful that wandered away from his private zoo. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A Look at the Inner Lives of 13 Species of Animals You Think You Know," 13 July 2018 Live cows will be roaming the Bingo Board looking to 'deposit' their chips. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 10 July 2018 Cleaning crews roam the system, performing spot checks. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Goodbye, upholstery. Hello, vinyl: L.A. Metro is phasing out some of its infamous fabric seats," 10 July 2018 Today, 66 million livestock roam the Mongolian steppe, nearly three times the 23 million cap maintained in the communist era. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 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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Phrases Related to roam

his/her/my eyes roam

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More Definitions for roam

roam

verb

English Language Learners Definition of roam

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

roam

verb
\ ˈrōm \
roamed; roaming

Kids Definition of roam

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

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