traversed; traversing; traverses

The verb traverse means to travel across an extended area. "Her dream was to traverse the country by car, so she could meet new people and see all the kitschy sites — like the giant roadside tire in Michigan or the shoe house in Pennsylvania."

The verb traverse can also mean "to span," to span a physical space or time. "The bridge traversed the river, linking the two cities." Traverse can be used for any crossing, but it often is used when implying the crossing will be difficult. "She was exhausted from traveling in the snowy conditions, but she still had to traverse an icy bridge before she would arrive safely home."

Definitions of traverse
  1. verb
    travel across or pass over
    synonyms: cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track
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    cross on foot
    cover or traverse by taking long steps
    traverse or cover by walking
    cross in a pattern, often random
    cross a river where it's shallow
    cross over on a bridge
    cross the road at a red light
    drive, take
    proceed along in a vehicle
    move swiftly through or over
    traverse as if by a short airplane trip
    type of:
    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  2. verb
    cover or extend over an area or time period
    synonyms: cross, span, sweep
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    continue, cover, extend
    span an interval of distance, space or time
  3. verb
    deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
    synonyms: deny
  4. noun
    travel across
    synonyms: traversal
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    travel, traveling, travelling
    the act of going from one place to another
  5. noun
    a horizontal beam that extends across something
    synonyms: crossbeam, crosspiece, trave
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    long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
  6. noun
    a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it
    synonyms: transom
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    a transverse brace
  7. noun
    taking a zigzag path on skis
    synonyms: traversal
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    type of:
    traveling across
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