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Definition of astray adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1to become lost; to be stolen Several letters went astray or were not delivered. We locked up our valuables so they would not go astray.
  2. 2to go in the wrong direction or to have the wrong result Fortunately the gunman's shots went astray. Jack's parents thought the other boys might lead him astray (= make him do things that are wrong). The argument is so complex, a reader might easily go astray.
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