Definition of roam in English:



  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Move about or travel aimlessly or unsystematically, especially over a wide area.

    ‘tigers once roamed over most of Asia’
    • ‘So Wang Lung roams around the courts, staying away from Lotus who will be able to tell when a man is restless.’
    • ‘The chickens and turkeys also roam freely in the fields, eating bugs, grasses, and grains.’
    • ‘The Festival Committee, however, thought it necessary to underline the visitors' right to roam.’
    • ‘Not only do the GPS units track where the cattle roam, they also monitor head movements, thus indicating whether the cattle are eating, sleeping, or just walking.’
    • ‘The film-making, which is claustrophobic and closely tied to the heat of the moment, puts us alongside him as he roams about his apartment and the reform school where he works.’
    • ‘In an outbreak, well over 100,000 of the flightless crickets roam across the land, devouring crops, grasses, and ornamentals as they go.’
    • ‘Throughout my childhood, the hills with the unique catsteps formations were simply a wonderful place to roam.’
    • ‘This is a site you could spend a week roaming around, finding information about nearly everything about architecture.’
    • ‘Obliged to work for his living from the age of 8, Gorky roamed all over Russia.’
    • ‘He discovers a terrible secret that drives him back home, but with samurai and bandits roaming all over the country, will his return be too late?’
    • ‘I just can't have a stranger roaming around my property at night.’
    • ‘Anywhere he roams, she is there, a reminder of the fragility of his heart and of his sham relationships.’
    • ‘Overall, the choreography is enhanced by images of animals roaming in the wild.’
    • ‘He roamed, visiting South America, the Middle East, finally Africa in search of something.’
    • ‘Then the 11 sows and their litters can roam throughout each room.’
    • ‘Try tying clear fishing filament between a couple stakes at various heights where the deer are likely to roam.’
    • ‘When it was purchased by a different zoo, it was to be placed in a natural environment where it could roam more freely.’
    • ‘While she was roaming around the store with clothing in hand, her frustrated husband went to the center aisle and yelled, ‘Help!’’
    • ‘Previously, the only way to see where cattle roam was to have people watch them, which is expensive.’
    • ‘It houses a remarkable collection of animals - most kept, as one might expect in such a civilized country, in large enclosures in which they can roam about with some semblance of freedom.’
    stroll, saunter, amble, wend one's way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, traipse
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    1. 1.1with object Travel unsystematically over, through, or about (a place)
      ‘gangs of youths roamed the streets unopposed’
      • ‘You will need to spend a couple of weeks roaming the labyrinth - but the rewards are likely to be quite high.’
      • ‘Reporters roamed the district singly and in packs.’
      • ‘Previously they roamed Britain in their hundreds of thousands.’
      • ‘I roamed the woods and fields, absorbed in the sounds and sights of each season.’
      • ‘Actively cultivating relationships, she freely roamed the village streets, visiting from house to house.’
      • ‘Charlie roams the streets at night and goes into movie theaters, craving human interaction.’
      • ‘Rich argues that Western grasslands need the presence of large ungulates, like the bison that once roamed the plains.’
      • ‘Dogs are present throughout the street series, roaming the streets and sniffing the gutters.’
      • ‘His tweed-clad, mainly male cast of characters roam the countryside and become embroiled in bizarre, nonsensical occurrences.’
      • ‘At this National Natural Landmark, remains of mammoths that roamed North America 26,000 years ago are preserved.’
      • ‘The young St. Louis artist often roams the aisles of building-supply centers in search of ideas.’
      • ‘Later that night, the boys see him roaming the old house as if in a trance.’
      • ‘Frankie is the leader of a skinhead gang, roaming the streets, getting into bar fights and trashing the occasional record store.’
      • ‘Apart from roaming the jungles and photographing wildlife, fishing is the other great passion of the author.’
      • ‘‘As a boy, I spent every moment I could roaming the oak-studded hills of Northern California where I was raised,’ he said.’
      • ‘A sightless masseur who roams 19th-century Japan fighting injustice, he is easy to love and hard to kill.’
      • ‘Jones says growers ‘will roam their fields while on their cell phones to the commodity markets in Chicago,’ and attempt to bring home a financial windfall.’
      • ‘For three nights in a row, the ghost of King Hamlet has been witnessed roaming the grounds at midnight.’
      • ‘His interests, however, were not confined to optical recording but also included his emotional reaction to roaming the streets at night.’
      • ‘The Delaware roamed the fields and woods of the Northeastern United States for many centuries before white Europeans came to the shores of the New World.’
      wander, rove, ramble, meander, drift, maunder
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    2. 1.2 (of a person's eyes or hands) pass lightly over something without stopping.
      ‘her eyes roamed over the chattering women’
      with object ‘he let his eyes roam her face’
      • ‘His concept was to pinpoint the exact intersection of every latitude and longitude line in South Africa, and standing on that point, let his eye roam until it framed an image he wished to record on camera.’
      • ‘My eyes roamed restlessly around the room looking for something to look at.’
      • ‘Gehry designed a visually active rather than passive interior: the lines of the balconies loop the hall so that the eye roams the space in continuous movement.’
      • ‘It was obvious from where he slouched at the bar and where his eyes roamed that he was a pepper man.’
      • ‘She felt uncomfortable as he stared at her, his eyes roaming all over her body.’
      • ‘Cathy couldn't help but allow her eyes to roam over his body.’
      • ‘Her eyes roamed around before landing on the face that looked more emotional than others.’
    3. 1.3no object (of a person's mind or thoughts) drift along without dwelling on anything in particular.
      ‘he let his mind roam as he walked’
      • ‘She taught me to let my imagination roam freely.’
      • ‘Let your imagination roam freely over the facts you have collected.’
      • ‘One of the people who encouraged him to let his imagination roam was his friend, Pierre.’
    4. 1.4 Use a mobile phone on another operator's network, typically while abroad.
      ‘they now allow Pay As You Go mobile phone customers to roam in the US’
      • ‘The operator needs to expand its network by cutting a roaming deal with the company.’
      • ‘They're not asking for a reciprocal roaming agreement or anything that would let a potential competitor onto T-Mobile's network.’
      • ‘RCC also plans to overlay its Midwest region with CDMA technology providing for anticipated roaming traffic.’
      • ‘The slump in regional travel has also cut heavily into the lucrative GSM international roaming market.’
      • ‘When you do this you get free roaming access to the Internet.’
      • ‘The service node is also connected to a wireless roaming network using the IS - 41 signaling protocol.’
      • ‘Useful for travellers allowing roaming on a greater number of networks across the world.’
      • ‘However, not all new Wi-Fi solutions are designed to support voice or cellular to Wi-Fi roaming capabilities.’
      • ‘North American operators charge the highest roaming prices in the world.’
      • ‘These new roaming agreements for mobile phones provide for certain rate step-downs at defined intervals.’
      • ‘The phone's limited mobility features permit people to roam around town without losing their connection.’
      • ‘Could it be that they are hatching a major roaming deal with the telecommunications company?’
      • ‘This technology will enable portable IP phones for use on WLAN networks, allowing users to roam throughout an enterprise campus or home.’
      • ‘In order for wireless to have a future where you could have Wi-Fi VPNs, roaming has to be a part of that.’
      • ‘Cingular customers roaming to Singapore pay $2 per minute to make a local call, while T-Mobile customers pay around $1.50.’
      • ‘Users of MCI cell phone plans often had problems with being charged for roaming or long distance, when they were not roaming or were dialing from a local area.’
      • ‘Mobile earth terminal communication device providing voice, data, facsimile, and/or roaming communication features.’
      • ‘A roaming charge is when you make a call from outside of your calling area.’
      • ‘The Alcatel switching solution enables service providers to extend customer roaming capabilities as they switch between cellular networks and WLAN access points.’
      • ‘By overlapping cells, the network conquers the line-of-sight problem, enabling customers to roam.’


  • An aimless walk.

    ‘did you get to explore the city or have a roam around Bath?’


Middle English: of unknown origin.