\ 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

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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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Calder Hodge got to see the Texans-Jaguars game up close Sunday, roaming the sidelines during pregame warmups. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Calder Hodge on the sidelines before Texans-Jaguars game," 15 Sep. 2019 But the male models can get lost in the shuffle, blending in with all the other tall and lean men roaming the city. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "These Beautiful Male Models Brought The Eye Candy To New York Fashion Week," 12 Sep. 2019 In their search for Sam, the unlikely trio have to watch out for the murderous adults now roaming Glendale. Devan Coggan,, "In Netflix's Daybreak, high school is a post-apocalyptic hell," 12 Sep. 2019 After an extensive search, Soergel noted that a two-foot-long reptile named Euparkeria roaming South Africa early in the Triassic also had a foot with its fifth toe sticking out to the side. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 Over the next several days, set out on safari across the floodplains alongside your National Geographic expert and explore the delta’s dynamic ecosystem, teeming with big cats, roaming giraffes, and wading buffalo. National Geographic, "Botswana and Victoria Falls Expedition: Wildlife Conservation," 10 Sep. 2019 Sheriff’s officials in Ramsey County are warning residents that a bear has been spotted roaming several cities, including the most recent sighting at 6:41 a.m. Monday morning near Greenhaven Drive and Centerville Road in Vadnais Heights. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, "Authorities warn of bear spotted in Ramsey County," 9 Sep. 2019 Knopper said of the nationally roaming festival, which ran from 1992 to 1998. John Wenzel, The Know, "Are we just high, or is Colorado the No. 1 market for jam bands?," 9 Sep. 2019 By 1960, state wildlife officials estimated there were 20 million nutria roaming the Louisiana wetlands. Victoria Dodge, USA TODAY, "A rodent-like pest destroying the Louisiana coast finds new enemy in dog treat business," 7 Sep. 2019

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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 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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