Definition of meander verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    meander

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//miˈændə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//miˈændər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they meander
    BrE BrE//miˈændə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//miˈændər//
     
    he / she / it meanders
    BrE BrE//miˈændəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//miˈændərz//
     
    past simple meandered
    BrE BrE//miˈændəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//miˈændərd//
     
    past participle meandered
    BrE BrE//miˈændəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//miˈændərd//
     
    -ing form meandering
    BrE BrE//miˈændərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//miˈændərɪŋ//
     
    Rivers and lakes
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a river, road, etc.) to curve a lot rather than being in a straight line The stream meanders slowly down to the sea. See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to walk slowly and change direction often, especially without a particular aim synonym wander They meandered around the old town admiring the architecture.
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a conversation, discussion, etc.) to develop slowly and change subject often, in a way that makes it boring or difficult to understand
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a noun): from Latin maeander, from Greek Maiandros, the name of a river of SW Turkey, known for its winding course.Extra examples The road meanders along the valley floor. For months we meandered up and down the country. He meandered slowly through the leafy lanes. They meandered around the old town, admiring the architecture.

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