Definition of astray adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈstreɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈstreɪ//
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Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘distant from the correct path’): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French estraie, past participle of estraier, based on Latin extra ‘out of bounds’ + vagari ‘wander’.Idioms
  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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