Quick answer
"Wander" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "vagar", and "roam" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "vagar por". Learn more about the difference between "wander" and "roam" below.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to walk without intention)
a. vagar
She wandered aimlessly through the ancient ruins for hours.Vagó sin rumbo fijo por las ruinas antiguas durante horas.
The kids wandered through the town on their bikes.Los jóvenes vagaron por el pueblo en sus bicis.
b. deambular
The caretaker spent at least an hour wandering about the property.El conserje pasó al menos una hora deambulando por la propiedad.
c. errar
They were forced to leave their native land and wander along the roads until they found refuge.Fueron obligados a abandonar su tierra nativa y a errar por las carreteras hasta que encontraron refugio.
2. (to walk with leisure)
a. pasear
The shepherd wandered through the countryside with his flock.El pastor paseaba por el campo con su rebaño.
3. (to stray from a path)
a. alejarse
We couldn't find the children, because they wandered from the path we were hiking on.No podíamos encontrar a los niños porque se alejaron del camino por el que caminábamos.
b. desviarse
He got lost in the woods after he wandered off the hiking trail.Se perdió en el bosque después de desviarse de la ruta de senderismo.
4. (to be distracted)
a. distraerse
His monotone voice makes it easy for one's mind to wander during his lectures.Su voz monótona hace que distraerse sea más fácil durante sus clases.
5. (to digress)
a. divagar
It was difficult to understand his presentation, because his explanations frequently wandered off topic.Fue difícil entender su presentación bien porque sus explicaciones divagaban frecuentemente del tema.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to walk without intention)
a. vagar por
He was wandering the streets barefoot as though he were in a daze.Vagaba por las calles descalzo como si estuviera aturdido.
7. (to walk with leisure)
a. pasear por
The tourist group wandered the city and visited numerous museums.El grupo de turistas paseó por la ciudad y visitó numerosos museos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (walk)
a. el paseo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He was feeling restless after dinner, so he took a wander around the neighborhood.Estaba inquieto después de la cena, así que fue a dar un paseo por el vecindario.
b. la vuelta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She went for a wander to get to know her new neighborhood better.Fue a dar una vuelta para conocer su barrio mejor.
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roam
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to explore)
a. vagar por
Gabriela said she looks forward to roaming the world with her husband when she retires.Gabriela dijo que tiene muchas ganas de vagar por el mundo con su esposo cuando se jubile.
b. deambular por
I can't wait to roam the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.No puedo esperar a deambular por las calles de Nueva Orleans durante el Martes de Carnaval.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to wander)
a. deambular
We roamed about Delhi streets this afternoon.Estuvimos deambulando por las calles de Delhi esta tarde.
b. vagar
We roamed around town until 5am.Vagamos por la ciudad hasta las 5am.
c. errar
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
Traditional gypsies achieved their lifestyle while roaming in search of new adventuresLos gitanos tradicionales adoptaron su estilo de vida mientras erraban en busca de aventuras.
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