\ 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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Cantu himself said in a previous story that his friends had led him astray. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Professional San Antonio boxer accused of continuous sexual abuse," 1 Aug. 2019 Officials hope that necropsies of the dead cetaceans will provide some answers; the investigation could reveal signs of plastic ingestion, sonar disturbances and other factors that might have led the animals astray. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Georgia Beachgoers Help Save Pod of Stranded Pilot Whales," 19 July 2019 Occasionally, Goldberger’s expansive writing leads him astray. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: These fields of dreams aren’t in Iowa cornfields," 21 June 2019 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

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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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