- 1[intransitive, transitive] to walk or travel around an area without any definite aim or direction synonym wander (+ adv./prep.) The sheep are allowed to roam freely on this land. roam something to roam the countryside/the streets, etc. See related entries: Hobbies
- 2[intransitive, transitive] (of the eyes or hands) to move slowly over every part of somebody/something roam (over something/somebody) His gaze roamed over her. roam something/somebody Her eyes roamed the room. Word Origin Middle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples He’d roamed aimlessly for a few hours. Her eyes roamed over him, assessing him. Ramblers are calling for the right to roam to be made law. The animals were allowed to roam free. They’re roaming around the countryside. Wild camels roam across the country. roaming through the town the wild dog’s instinct to roam widely when dinosaurs roamed the earth A number of mammal species roamed widely around the northern hemisphere. Animals roam freely around the village. Gangs of barefoot children roam the city streets, begging for scraps. I’d like to be a photographer and roam the world with my camera. Walkers’ groups are fighting for the right to roam.
BrE BrE//rəʊm//; NAmE NAmE//roʊm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they roam
BrE BrE//rəʊm//; NAmE NAmE//roʊm//he / she / it roams
BrE BrE//rəʊmz//; NAmE NAmE//roʊmz//past simple roamed
BrE BrE//rəʊmd//; NAmE NAmE//roʊmd//past participle roamed
BrE BrE//rəʊmd//; NAmE NAmE//roʊmd//-ing form roaming
BrE BrE//ˈrəʊmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊmɪŋ//Hobbies