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

     

    row1

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they row
    BrE BrE//rəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊ//
     
    he / she / it rows
    BrE BrE//rəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊz//
     
    past simple rowed
    BrE BrE//rəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊd//
     
    past participle rowed
    BrE BrE//rəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊd//
     
    -ing form rowing
    BrE BrE//ˈrəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊɪŋ//
     
    Boating, Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move a boat through water using oars (= long wooden poles with flat ends) We rowed around the island. row something Grace rowed the boat out to sea again. See related entries: Boating, Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2[transitive] row somebody (+ adv./prep.) to take somebody somewhere in a boat with oars The fisherman rowed us back to the shore. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  3. Word Originverb Old English rōwan, of Germanic origin; related to rudder; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin remus ‘oar’, Greek eretmon ‘oar’. Phrasal Verbsrow back