Definition of rove verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rove

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rəʊv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rove
    BrE BrE//rəʊv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊv//
     
    he / she / it roves
    BrE BrE//rəʊvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊvz//
     
    past simple roved
    BrE BrE//rəʊvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊvd//
     
    past participle roved
    BrE BrE//rəʊvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊvd//
     
    -ing form roving
    BrE BrE//ˈrəʊvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊvɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody’s eyes rove, the person keeps looking in different directions Ali’s eyes roved over the map.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (originally a term in archery in the sense ‘shoot at a casual mark of undetermined range’): perhaps from dialect rave ‘to stray’, probably of Scandinavian origin.
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