\ 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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Today nearly 500 anthropomorphic animals and plushy pseudo-Disney characters roam American sidelines, from the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Ace the Warhawk to Zippy the Kangaroo, from the University of Akron. Tom Wofford, al, "40 years ago Aubie the Tiger jumped into mascot history," 14 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the cheerleaders now roam the streets as an Amazonian tribe of warrior women. Devan Coggan,, "In Netflix's Daybreak, high school is a post-apocalyptic hell," 12 Sep. 2019 And check out Burning Man photos from this year below: The Stuart Project, San Diego: Free and open to the public year-round, visitors can roam through the Stuart Collection on the University of California, San Diego, campus in La Jolla. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "From Chihuly glass to the Museum of Ice Cream, you have to see this immersive art to believe it," 12 Sep. 2019 Children from kindergarten to middle school age roamed the stadium’s concourse to look at some of the 22,000 books being offered. Don Stacom,, "A feast for young minds: ESPN creates buffet of free books for New Britain students," 6 Sep. 2019 Giant cave bears weighing up to 2,000 pounds roamed the European continent for more than 100,000 years. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ice Age Humans Likely Played Major Role in Cave Bears’ Extinction," 16 Aug. 2019 The site of the former Cleveland YMCA camp offers a scenic lake and enough room to roam to work up an appetite. Joan Rusek,, "If you are hungry as an ox, you are in luck: Valley Views," 13 Aug. 2019 Thorns left back Meghan Klingenberg found plenty of room to roam up the left flank and led the Timbers with five chances created. Jarrid Denney For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "A mixed bag for Portland: ‘A-Rod’ kept quiet, but Thorns scoreless too in 0-0 draw with Utah Royals," 22 June 2019 Roblox, like Minecraft, allows users to create avatars and virtual worlds for those characters to roam around in. NBC News, "Extremists creep into Roblox, an online game popular with children," 21 Aug. 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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