roam

verb
\ 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

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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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Environmentalists consider human activities to be the most serious threat facing their reintroduction, but ranchers in areas where the wolves roam say their livelihood is at risk, arguing that the wolves kill cattle and trespass on their property. Andrew Nicla, azcentral, "Endangered Mexican gray wolf population boosted by 6 pups at Phoenix Zoo," 5 June 2019 The 30-year-old Davis County man was struck Saturday afternoon at the state park where a 600-bison herd roams free. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019 Like Albee’s Three Tall Women, Fun Home is a memory play, where the present-day, oldest character roams through the discoveries of her past selves and arrives at self-acceptance. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "'Fun Home' at the Arden: Quiet brilliance, lovely and profound," 24 May 2018 During the Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s, trading ships roamed the globe and made Amsterdam wealthy. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 The robots roam autonomously, looking for signs of trouble, like an unrecognized person entering the building late at night. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Is this robot really going to replace a security guard?," 8 Oct. 2018 During that time, megafauna like giant bears and beavers roamed free. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Divers Found Giant Bear and Wolf Remains in an Underwater Cave," 2 May 2019 French doors open to a wraparound porch, giving you full views of the bamboo forest and animals roaming down below. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Treehouse Airbnb Has A Working Alpaca and Llama Farm on Its Property," 30 Apr. 2019 And, of course, hip stores, both chain and local, all to serve the scads of millennials who roam the sidewalks in search of whatever. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Amazon is dominant online, but local retail still has advantages Jeff Bezos can’t replicate," 12 Nov. 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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The first known use of roam was in the 14th century

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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 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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