roam

[ rohm ]
/ roʊm /
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verb (used without object)

to walk, go, or travel without a fixed purpose or direction; ramble; wander; rove: to roam about the world.

verb (used with object)

to wander over or through: to roam the countryside.

noun

an act or instance of roaming; a ramble.

Origin of roam

1300–50; Middle English romen < ?

SYNONYMS FOR roam

1 stray, stroll, prowl. Roam, ramble, range, rove imply wandering about over (usually) a considerable amount of territory. Roam implies a wandering or traveling over a large area, especially as prompted by restlessness or curiosity: to roam through a forest. Ramble implies pleasant, carefree moving about, walking with no specific purpose and for a limited distance: to ramble through fields near home. Range usually implies wandering over a more or less defined but extensive area in search of something: Cattle range over the plains. Rove sometimes implies wandering with specific incentive or aim, as an animal for prey: Bandits rove through these mountains.

Related forms

roam·er, nounun·roam·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for roam

roam

/ (rəʊm) /

verb

to travel or walk about with no fixed purpose or direction; wander

noun

the act of roaming

Derived Forms

roamer, noun

Word Origin for roam

C13: origin unknown
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