roving; roved; roves

To rove is to wander around, often aimlessly. You may like to rove at work or school, but chances are you’ve probably got somewhere you’re supposed to be.

Roving can be a way of life. Someone who roves may not have a permanent home, and they may wander from town to town in search of food or work. Rove can also refer to other types of wandering. A roving reporter wanders the streets looking for people to interview. At a crowded party, your eyes might rove around the room as you look for someone you know — or someone you’d like to meet. And, as you fall asleep, your mind might rove over the events of the day.

Definitions of rove
  1. verb
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    synonyms: cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
    drift, err, stray
    wander from a direct course or at random
    go via an indirect route or at no set pace
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    wander aimlessly
    gad, gallivant, jazz around
    wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    (of the eyes) move over something in many directions in order to appraise or evaluate
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    type of:
    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  3. verb
    (of the mind or thoughts) move or wander from one topic to another; think about in an aimless way
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    type of:
    cerebrate, cogitate, think
    use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
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