\ 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Delayed from April because of the virus, Dungeons is an action and fantasy game that has players roam through an underground space, fighting, collecting resources and taking on quests. Dina Bass,, "Microsoft’s Minecraft Gets Boost From Homebound Gamers Looking to Socialize," 19 May 2020 But a big cat roaming into a residential neighborhood in the Milwaukee suburbs is not out of the question. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man called 911 to report he was being attacked by a mountain lion. He wasn't, police say.," 6 May 2020 Meanwhile, local white settlers and poachers, occupying land roamed by wild animals, plan to shoot the animals down, starting with the ones kept by Hank, whose research grant is threatened by the settlers’ hostility. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Noel Marshall’s “Roar”: Humans Were Harmed in the Making of This Film," 22 Apr. 2020 Elsewhere, hikers are banned from roaming the millions of acres in national parks. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Coronavirus Authoritarianism Is Getting Out of Hand," 13 Apr. 2020 Several pictures taken by photographers around the world show all types of mammals, including deer, goats and others roaming through the streets and communities, unabated. Fox News, "Wild animals have taken over the streets in major cities because of the coronavirus pandemic," 5 Apr. 2020 According to researchers, over a hundred years ago, 100,000 wild cheetahs roamed across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Rochelle Beighton And Rachel Wood, CNN, "A lab in a remote Namibian city is saving the cheetah from extinction," 19 Mar. 2020 Sprint customers will get expanded roaming access through T-Mobile's network, which includes expanded coverage in rural areas, over the next 60 days. NBC News, "Corporate America steps up to help with missed payments, late fees and disconnections," 17 Mar. 2020 On Monday, Delhi police responded to reports of rioting, arson and clashes between protest groups by firing tear gas in several districts in northeastern New Delhi, as hardline Hindu groups roamed through the streets. Guy Davies, ABC News, "Citizenship riots in Delhi turn deadly while Trump talks up religious unity in India," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Roam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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