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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.
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Origin of roam

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English romen origin uncertain

synonym study for roam

1. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM roam

roamer, nounun·roam·ing, adjective
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How to use roam in a sentence

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 of roam

roamer, noun

Word Origin for roam

C13: origin unknown
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