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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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 Ripley also recently purchased an R2-D2 droid that once roamed the streets of various Disney theme parks. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ripley lands Han Solo's blaster at auction," 25 June 2018 Insiders will recognize real-world touches: the bookish spectacles one defendant dons for court, the feral dogs that roam gang neighborhoods, the civilian police employee who passes tips to her gang-member nephew. Jill Leovy, New York Times, "The Killers of the ‘Sex Money Murder’ Gang and the Cops Who Went After Them," 1 June 2018 The four peacocks are part of large flock of peacocks that roam freely at the zoo in west Philadelphia, where they are cared for by zoo staff. Darran Simon And Janet Digiacomo, CNN, "Peacocks go missing from Philadelphia Zoo; 1 found dead," 31 May 2018 And once again, Julia, a popular Sesame Street character who has autism, will be part of the gang of characters that roams the park. Erin Mccarthy, Philly.com, "Autism-certified Sesame Place leads accessibility push among amusement parks, other sites," 14 Apr. 2018 The prehistoric black ooze that still seeps from the ground was a sticky death trap for the massive mammals that once roamed here. CBS News, "Subway construction unearths treasure trove of fossils from Los Angeles' prehistoric past," 22 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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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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