astray

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈstrā\

Definition of astray

  1. 1 :  off the right path or route :  straying

  2. 2 :  in error :  away from what is proper or desirable

Origin and Etymology of astray

Middle English, from Anglo-French estraié wandering, from estraier to stray — more at stray


First Known Use: 13th century


ASTRAY Defined for English Language Learners

astray

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈstrā\

Definition of astray for English Language Learners

  • : off the right path or route

  • : away from what is right, good, or desirable


ASTRAY Defined for Kids

astray

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈstrā\

Definition of astray for Students

  1. 1 :  off the right path or route <Our rocket went astray after liftoff.>

  2. 2 :  in or into error <Their plans have gone astray.>



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