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stray

verb [I]  /streɪ/ us  

stray verb [I] (MOVE AWAY)

to move away from a place where you should be or from a direction in which you should go: The children were told to stay together and not to stray. The plane disappeared after straying several hundred miles off course.

stray

adjective [not gradable]  /streɪ/ us  

stray adjective [not gradable] (LOST)

(of an animal) having no home, or lost: Eric and Lise rescued the stray cat and named her Pashmina. Stray also means happening by chance and lacking direction: It was just a stray thought I had while washing the dishes.

stray

noun [C]  /streɪ/ us  

stray noun [C] (LOST ANIMAL)

an animal that is lost or has no home: We have given a home to a number of strays.
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