WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
rove1 /roʊv/USA pronunciation   v.,  roved, rov•ing. 
  1. to move here and there at random: [+ object]to rove the subways, looking for victims.[no object]to rove in the woods.
rov•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
rove1 (rōv),USA pronunciation  v.,  roved, rov•ing, n. 

  1. to wander about without definite destination;
    move hither and thither at random, esp. over a wide area.

  1. to wander over or through;
    traverse:to rove the woods.

  1. an act or instance of roving.
  • Scandinavian; compare Old Norse rāfa to stray; but compare also Old French raver to roam
  • 1490–1500; origin, originally, to shoot at a random target; perh.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stroll, amble, stray. See  roam. 

rove2 (rōv),USA pronunciation v. 
  1. a pt. and pp. of  reeve 2.

rove3 (rōv),USA pronunciation  v.,  roved, rov•ing, n. 

  1. Textilesto form (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) into slightly twisted strands in a preparatory process of spinning.
  2. Textilesto draw fibers or the like through an eye or other small opening.
  3. Textilesto attenuate, compress, and twist slightly in carding.

  1. British Termsroving2.
  • of obscure origin, originally 1780–90

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rove /rəʊv/ vb
  1. to wander about (a place) with no fixed direction; roam
  2. (intransitive) (of the eyes) to look around; wander
  1. the act of roving
Etymology: 15th Century 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
  1. (transitive) to pull out and twist (fibres of wool, cotton, etc) lightly, as before spinning or in carding
  1. wool, cotton, etc, thus prepared
Etymology: 18th Century: of obscure origin
rove /rəʊv/ vb
  1. a past tense and past participle of reeve2

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