adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈstrā How to pronounce astray (audio) \

Definition of astray

1 : off the right path or route : straying
2 : in error : away from what is proper or desirable

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Examples of astray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Wisconsin has been leading his flock astray by urging them to shun the Covid-19 vaccine. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "Wisconsin Catholic priest warns congregants against Covid vaccine, defying pope and his bishop," 28 Apr. 2021 The intention was to prevent pious Muslims from being confused and then led astray by non-Muslim texts. The Economist, "In the name of God Malaysians are fighting one another over the word “Allah”," 31 Mar. 2021 Possessed of a kind of fatal optimism, as Mr. Campbell described it, Mr. Khan first went astray in the early 1990s. New York Times, "Derek Khan, Onetime Stylist for Hip-Hop Stars, Dies at 63," 28 Feb. 2021 Perhaps tired, perhaps led astray by a government that wanted to believe the pandemic did not exist, much of the country fell into a collective delusion. Gregory Barber, Wired, "How Many Microcovids Would You Spend on a Burrito?," 12 Jan. 2021 The results may be misconstrued or consumers may be led astray. Abba Krieger, Quartz, "How to think critically about polls and rankings," 8 Dec. 2020 After multiplying its share price 12-fold from 1995 to 2015, CVS went astray by paying $12.7 billion for Omnicare, a provider of drugs to nursing homes that's fared poorly since, then way overpaid on its $70 billion purchase of Aetna. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Meet the new highest-ranking female CEO in the Fortune 500," 7 Nov. 2020 Those filings tell the story of a military veteran who wished to fly his country’s flag but went astray in the tightly restricted world of a homeowners association, which controls everything from home decor to pets to shrubbery. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Navy veteran could lose his home in dispute over a flagpole," 15 Sep. 2020 But even they might be led astray by historical determinism: the presupposition of outcomes that representative data in the present has yet to reveal. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The “Law and Order” Backlash Against Biden Was a Mirage," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of astray

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for astray

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

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9 May 2021

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“Astray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of astray

: off the right path or route
: away from what is right, good, or desirable


adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈstrā How to pronounce astray (audio) \

Kids Definition of astray

1 : off the right path or route Our rocket went astray after liftoff.
2 : in or into error Their plans have gone astray.

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