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rove

verb \ ˈrōv \

Definition of rove

roved; roving
: to move aimlessly : roam
: to wander through or over

Origin and Etymology of rove

earlier, to shoot at random, wander, of unknown origin

Synonym Discussion of rove

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

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rove

noun

Definition of rove

: an act or instance of wandering

First Known Use of rove

circa 1550

in the meaning defined above

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rove

Definition of rove

  • past tense and past participle of reeve

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rove

verb

Definition of rove

roved; roving
: to join (textile fibers) with a slight twist and draw out into roving

Origin and Etymology of rove

origin unknown


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rove

noun

Definition of rove

: roving

First Known Use of rove

1789

in the meaning defined above

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ROVE Defined for Kids

rove

verb \ ˈrōv \

Definition of rove for Students

roved; roving
: to wander without definite plan or direction

rover

noun


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