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Definition of rove verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rove
    he / she / it roves
    past simple roved
    -ing form roving
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to travel from one place to another, often with no particular purpose synonym roam + adv./prep. A quarter of a million refugees roved around the country. rove something bands of thieves who roved the countryside
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) if someone's eyes rove, the person keeps looking in different directions Ali's eyes roved over the map.
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