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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Fences and traps have been installed near farms to protect hogs from being infected by wild boars that roam the inter-Korean border. Washington Post, "Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia," 22 June 2019 Discover fossils at Dinosaur National Monument, Utah Take a giant stride back 150 million years to the Jurassic era and explore the fossils of allosauruses and stegosauruses that once roamed northeastern Utah. National Geographic, "Electrifying places to visit if you love science," 17 June 2019 Her solitary days and nights are spent translating William Blake, constructing complex astrological charts, caring for the summer homes of wealthy neighbors, and keeping a hawk-like eye out for the silent animals that roam the surrounding land. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 4 June 2019 The last of the 9,000 Blockbuster Video stores that once roamed the Earth sits at 211 NE Revere Ave. in Bend, Ore., a strip-mall storefront trapped in amber right down to dot-matrix printers and computers booted up with floppy disks. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Technology Drives Deals Because No One Wants to Be the Next Blockbuster (Video)," 29 May 2019 For many vacationers on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a trip there is not complete without at least catching a glimpse of the majestic wild horses that roam the islands. Denise Lavoie, The Seattle Times, "North Carolina’s wild horses know how to survive hurricane," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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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