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Definition of "stray" []

  • To move away from a group, deviate from the correct course, or go beyond established limits. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become lost. (verb-intransitive)
  • To wander about without a destination or purpose; roam. See Synonyms at wander. (verb-intransitive)
  • To follow a winding course; meander. (verb-intransitive)
  • To deviate from a moral, proper, or right course; err. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stray" in a sentence
  • "Over the years, as we took in 'stray' boys, they learned this habit, too."
  • "Different situations but an amazing movie that DOES NOT stray from the original story line … You moron"
  • "Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,"