- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to walk slowly around or to a place, often without any particular sense of purpose or direction + adv./prep. She wandered aimlessly around the streets. We wandered back towards the car. wander something The child was found wandering the streets alone. See related entries: Hobbies
- 2 [intransitive] to move away from the place where you ought to be or the people you are with synonym stray wander away/off The child wandered off and got lost. wander from/off something They had wandered from the path into the woods.
- 3 [intransitive] (of a person’s mind or thoughts) to stop being directed on something and to move without much control to other ideas, subjects, etc. synonym drift It's easy to be distracted and let your attention wander. Try not to let your mind wander. wander away, back, to, etc. something Her thoughts wandered back to her youth. Don’t wander off the subject—keep to the point.
- 4[intransitive] (of a person’s eyes) to move slowly from looking at one thing to looking at another thing or in other directions She let her gaze wander. + adv./prep. His eyes wandered towards the photographs on the wall.
- 5[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a road or river) to curve instead of following a straight course The road wanders along through the hills. Word Origin Old English wandrian, of West Germanic origin; related to wend and wind2.Extra examples Don’t go wandering all over the house! He just wandered in one day and asked for a job. He wandered into a bar and ordered a drink. His attention was beginning to wander. How could you let him wander off like that? Lisa let her mind wander a little. My thoughts wandered from the exam questions to my interview the next day. One day she wandered further afield. Simply wandering is a pleasure in itself. The cattle are allowed to wander freely. They found him wandering around aimlessly. Visitors are free to wander through the gardens and woods. Cattle and sheep wander freely on the hilltops. During the day I would wander the streets, asking passers-by for a few cents. He was found wandering in the road late one night. She had spent her life wandering from place to place. They spent a couple of hours wandering through the markets.
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BrE BrE//ˈwɒndə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːndər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wander
BrE BrE//ˈwɒndə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːndər//he / she / it wanders
BrE BrE//ˈwɒndəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːndərz//past simple wandered
BrE BrE//ˈwɒndəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːndərd//past participle wandered
BrE BrE//ˈwɒndəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːndərd//-ing form wandering
BrE BrE//ˈwɒndərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːndərɪŋ//Hobbies