verb (used without object)
to walk, go, or travel without a fixed purpose or direction; ramble; wander; rove: to roam about the world.
verb (used with object)
to wander over or through: to roam the countryside.
an act or instance of roaming; a ramble.

1300–50; Middle English romen < ?

roamer, noun
unroaming, adjective

1. stray, stroll, prowl. Roam, ramble, range, rove imply wandering about over (usually) a considerable amount of territory. Roam implies a wandering or traveling over a large area, especially as prompted by restlessness or curiosity: to roam through a forest. Ramble implies pleasant, carefree moving about, walking with no specific purpose and for a limited distance: to ramble through fields near home. Range usually implies wandering over a more or less defined but extensive area in search of something: Cattle range over the plains. Rove sometimes implies wandering with specific incentive or aim, as an animal for prey: Bandits rove through these mountains. Unabridged
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roam (rəʊm)
1.  to travel or walk about with no fixed purpose or direction; wander
2.  the act of roaming
[C13: origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, romen, possibly from O.E. *ramian "act of wandering about," related to aræman "arise, lift up." There are no cognate forms in other Gmc. languages. "Except in late puns, there is no evidence of connexion with the Romance words denoting pilgrims or pilgrimages to Rome ...." [OED].
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Example sentences
We roam to opposite corners of the globe knowing that friends and colleagues
  can reach us by dialing a single number.
Anniversaries are one of the few occasions at which a nostalgic impulse should
  be left to roam unfettered.
These tough animals are solitary, and they need a lot of room to roam.
The freedom that qubits have to roam across the entire sphere helps to give
  quantum computers their unique capabilities.
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