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rove 1

 (rōv)
v. roved, rov·ing, roves
v.intr.
1. To wander about, especially over a wide area; roam. See Synonyms at wander.
2. To be directed without apparent purpose; look in an idle or casual manner: His gazed roved over the faces in the crowd.
v.tr.
1. To roam or wander around, over, or through: Vikings roved the seas.
2. To look at or around (an area) in an idle or casual manner: Her eyes roved the room.
n.
An act of wandering about, over, around, or through.

[Middle English roven, to shoot arrows at a mark.]

rove 2

 (rōv)
tr.v. roved, rov·ing, roves
1. To card (wool).
2. To put (fibers) through an eye or opening.
3. To stretch and twist (fibers) before spinning; ravel out.
n.
See roving.

[Origin unknown.]

rove 3

 (rōv)
v. Nautical
A past tense and a past participle of reeve2.

rove

(rəʊv)
vb
1. to wander about (a place) with no fixed direction; roam
2. (intr) (of the eyes) to look around; wander
3. have a roving eye to show a widespread amorous interest in the opposite sex
4. (Australian Rules Football) (intr) Australian rules football to play as a rover
n
the act of roving
[C15 roven (in archery) to shoot at a target chosen at random (C16: to wander, stray), from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rāfa to wander]

rove

(rəʊv)
vb
(Textiles) (tr) to pull out and twist (fibres of wool, cotton, etc) lightly, as before spinning or in carding
n
(Textiles) wool, cotton, etc, thus prepared
[C18: of obscure origin]

rove

(rəʊv)
n
a metal plate through which a rivet is passed and then clenched over
[C15: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic ro]

rove

(rəʊv)
vb
(Nautical Terms) a past tense and past participle of reeve2

rove1

(roʊv)

v. roved, rov•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to wander about without definite destination; move here and there at random, esp. over a wide area.
v.t.
2. to wander over or through; traverse.
n.
3. an act of roving.
[1490–1500; orig., to shoot at a random target]

rove2

(roʊv)

v.
a pt. and pp. of reeve 2.

rove3

(roʊv)

v.t. roved, rov•ing.
to form (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) into slightly twisted strands in a preparatory process of spinning.
[1780–90; of obscure orig.]

rove


Past participle: roved
Gerund: roving

Imperative
rove
rove
Present
I rove
you rove
he/she/it roves
we rove
you rove
they rove
Preterite
I roved
you roved
he/she/it roved
we roved
you roved
they roved
Present Continuous
I am roving
you are roving
he/she/it is roving
we are roving
you are roving
they are roving
Present Perfect
I have roved
you have roved
he/she/it has roved
we have roved
you have roved
they have roved
Past Continuous
I was roving
you were roving
he/she/it was roving
we were roving
you were roving
they were roving
Past Perfect
I had roved
you had roved
he/she/it had roved
we had roved
you had roved
they had roved
Future
I will rove
you will rove
he/she/it will rove
we will rove
you will rove
they will rove
Future Perfect
I will have roved
you will have roved
he/she/it will have roved
we will have roved
you will have roved
they will have roved
Future Continuous
I will be roving
you will be roving
he/she/it will be roving
we will be roving
you will be roving
they will be roving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been roving
you have been roving
he/she/it has been roving
we have been roving
you have been roving
they have been roving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been roving
you will have been roving
he/she/it will have been roving
we will have been roving
you will have been roving
they will have been roving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been roving
you had been roving
he/she/it had been roving
we had been roving
you had been roving
they had been roving
Conditional
I would rove
you would rove
he/she/it would rove
we would rove
you would rove
they would rove
Past Conditional
I would have roved
you would have roved
he/she/it would have roved
we would have roved
you would have roved
they would have roved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rove - move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employmentrove - move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
maunder - wander aimlessly
gad, gallivant, jazz around - wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
drift, err, stray - wander from a direct course or at random; "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course"
wander - go via an indirect route or at no set pace; "After dinner, we wandered into town"

rove

verb wander, range, cruise, drift, stroll, stray, roam, ramble, meander, traipse (informal), go walkabout (Austral.), gallivant, gad about, stravaig (Scot. & Northern English dialect) roving about the town in the dead of night

rove

verb
To move about at random, especially over a wide area:
Translations
يَطوف، يَجول
toulat se
strejfe
barangol
ráfa
klajojantis
klaiņotklejot
aylak aylak dolaşmakbaşıboş gezinmek

rove

[rəʊv]
A. VTvagar or errar por, recorrer
B. VIvagar, errar
his eye roved over the roomrecorrió la habitación con la vista

rove

[ˈrəʊv]
vt [+ area, streets] → sillonner; [+ world] → sillonner
vi [eyes]
Agnew's eyes roved, taking everything in → Agnew promenait le regard, sans perdre le moindre détail.
rove about
rove around vt fus [+ place] [person] → sillonner; [eyes] → parcourirroving reporter nreporter m volant

rove

vi (person)umherwandern or -ziehen; (eyes)umherwandern or -schweifen; to rove over something (eyes)über etw (acc)schweifen or wandern
vt countryside, streetswandern or ziehen durch, durchwandern or -ziehen

rove

(rəuv) verb
to wander; to roam. He roved (through) the streets.
ˈrover noun
ˈroving adjective
a roving band of robbers.
References in classic literature ?
We searched every nook and cranny of barns and out-buildings and woods on both the King farms; we inquired far and wide; we roved over Carlisle meadows calling Paddy's name, until Aunt Janet grew exasperated and declared we must stop making such exhibitions of ourselves.
But while his imagination thus roved over "the seas," his grave companions were considering things more geographically.
While they were here they had the comfort to have seven of the Spaniards come to their assistance; the other ten, with their servants, and Friday's father, were gone in a body to defend their bower, and the corn and cattle that were kept there, in case the savages should have roved over to that side of the country, but they did not spread so far.