verb Etymology: Middle English romen Date: 14th century 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 Synonyms: see wanderroam nounroamer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • roam — [rəum US roum] v 1.) [I and T] to walk or travel, usually for a long time, with no clear purpose or direction →↑wander roam over/around/about etc ▪ The dogs are allowed to roam around. ▪ Chickens and geese roam freely in the back yard. ▪ You… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • roam — [ roum ] verb intransitive or transitive to move or travel with no particular purpose: Young men roamed the streets brandishing guns. roam around: You ll have about three hours to roam around the town. roam free/wild: Bears still roam wild in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Roam — Roam, v. t. To range or wander over. [1913 Webster] And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Roam — Roam, n. The act of roaming; a wandering; a ramble; as, he began his roam o er hill and dale. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Roam — (r[=o]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Roamed} (r[=o]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Roaming}.] [OE. romen, ramen; cf. AS. [=a]r[=ae]man to raise, rise, D. ramen to hit, plan, aim, OS. r[=o]m[=o]n to strive after, OHG. r[=a]men. But the word was probably… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roam — roam·er; roam; …   English syllables

  • roam — [rōm] vi. [ME romen < or akin to OE aræman, to rise < IE * erei < base * er , to set in motion > RISE, RUN] to travel from place to place, esp. with no special plan or purpose; go aimlessly; wander vt. to wander over or through [to… …   English World dictionary

  • roam — index perambulate, prowl Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • roam — (v.) c.1300, romen, possibly from O.E. *ramian act of wandering about, related to aræman arise, lift up. There are no cognate forms in other Germanic languages. Except in late puns, there is no evidence of connexion with the Romance words… …   Etymology dictionary

  • roam — *wander, stray, ramble, rove, range, prowl, gad, gallivant, traipse, meander …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • roam — [v] wander about bum*, bum around*, drift, gad, gallivant, hike, hit the road*, knock around*, meander, peregrinate, prowl, ramble, range, rove, saunter, straggle, stray, stroll, struggle along, traipse, tramp, travel, traverse, trek, vagabond,… …   New thesaurus

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