\ 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for astray

Synonyms

afield, amiss, awry, wrong

Antonyms

aright, right, well

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That plan went astray and Lincoln went with the confusing and recently abandoned MKZ, MKC, MKT, MKS and MKX names. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Rescued concepts show what might have been for Mercury, Lincoln models," 13 July 2019 Researchers have also found that implementing algorithms in the real world can go astray because of incomplete or biased training data or incorrect framing of the problem. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students," 25 June 2019 Researchers have also found that implementing algorithms in the real world can go astray because of incomplete or biased training data or incorrect framing of the problem. Klint Finley, WIRED, "A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires," 25 June 2019 And the Shroud of Antioch isn’t the only precious item that’s gone astray: There’s also a missing will, the contents of which could change the lives of . . Elizabeth Hand, Washington Post, "‘Burning Chambers’ is a sweeping historical novel that puts current events in perspective," 19 June 2019 Based on Durant’s social media post after injury in support of the Warriors, there doesn’t seem to be any regret, animosity or hint that he was led astray. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Three big questions the day after Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury," 11 June 2019 Though some things may seem like a good idea on paper, look for where you might be lead astray. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Taurus Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Passes astray, poor control and generally no fluidity - hardly the enchanting start the public were looking for. SI.com, "It's Coming Home! Twitter Goes Berserk as England March Into First World Cup Semi-Final Since 1990," 7 July 2018 Alas, these are all the tell-tale signs of a wedding trend gone astray. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "37 Wedding Trend Mistakes to Avoid in 2019: Succulents, Family-Style Meals, and More," 31 Dec. 2018

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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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astray

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of astray

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