- 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 somebody’s eyes rove, the person keeps looking in different directions Ali’s eyes roved over the map. 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.
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//