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



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they traverse
BrE BrE//trəˈvɜːs//
; NAmE NAmE//trəˈvɜːrs//
he / she / it traverses
BrE BrE//trəˈvɜːsɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//trəˈvɜːrsɪz//
past simple traversed
BrE BrE//trəˈvɜːst//
; NAmE NAmE//trəˈvɜːrst//
past participle traversed
BrE BrE//trəˈvɜːst//
; NAmE NAmE//trəˈvɜːrst//
-ing form traversing
BrE BrE//trəˈvɜːsɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//trəˈvɜːrsɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//trəˈvɜːs//
; NAmE NAmE//trəˈvɜːrs//
traverse something (formal or specialist) to cross an area of land or water skiers traversing the slopes The region is traversed by several roads.
Word OriginMiddle English (originally as a legal term): from Old French traverser, from late Latin traversare; the noun is from Old French travers (masculine), traverse (feminine), partly based on traverser.Extra examples The guests are obliged to traverse a vast hall. The region is more difficult to traverse than the Alps or the Himalayas. The region is traversed by good roads. The trail traverses steep, rocky slopes.
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