- 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[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) if someone's eyes rove, the person keeps looking in different directions Ali's eyes roved over the map.
NAmE//roʊv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rove
he / she / it roves
past simple roved
-ing form roving