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

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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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Good news: to help combat this, Delta is splitting its passengers up into even more boarding groups, so that fewer people are roaming around the gate at any one time. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta's New Boarding Process Is Based on Colors," 11 Dec. 2018 Curiosity landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 and has been roaming the planet ever since. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "An Unexpected Component Helped Curiosity Observe a Martian Dust Storm," 27 Sep. 2018 The remaining swine are roaming the vast wilderness of Central Oregon and the open terrain along the California border. Kyle Spurr, The Seattle Times, "Feral swine population plummets in Oregon," 30 July 2018 Yet now foreigners could be roaming the country demanding access. The Christian Science Monitor, "A summit that may pop fear in North Korea," 12 June 2018 Austin The hipsters are roaming Rainey Street, where cute bungalows have been been converted to entertainment venues with a different vibe than the traditional Sixth Street stroll. San Antonio Express-News, "Your best bets for attractions all around Texas," 12 June 2018 The firewalls increasingly installed by carriers, meanwhile, protect their own customers but typically not people who are roaming on the network, said Engel, the German researcher who first reported the security and privacy risks of SS7. Craig Timberg, latimes.com, "How spies can use your cellphone to find you — and eavesdrop on your calls and texts," 30 May 2018 The firewalls increasingly installed by carriers, meanwhile, protect their own customers but typically not people who are roaming on the network, said Engel, the German researcher who first reported the security and privacy risks of SS7. Craig Timberg, Houston Chronicle, "How spies can use your cellphone to find you - and eavesdrop on your calls and texts, too," 30 May 2018 In 2011, a pickup driver struck and killed a black bear that was roaming along Interstate 96 in Grand Rapids. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Bear wanders into Grand Rapids neighborhood, is treed," 3 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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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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