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Meaning of “stray” in the English Dictionary

"stray" in British English

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strayverb [I]

uk   us   /streɪ/
to ​travel along a ​route that was not ​originallyintended, or to ​moveoutside a ​limitedarea: A ​herd of ​cattle had strayed into the ​road. They got ​lost when they strayed too ​far from the ​path. The ​ship strayed off ​course during the ​storm. to ​startthinking or ​talking about a different ​subject from the one you should be giving ​attention to: I ​think we've strayed too ​far fromouroriginalplan. Sorry - I've strayed from the ​subject.

straynoun [C]

uk   us   /streɪ/
a ​pet that no ​longer has a ​home or cannot ​finditshome: a stray ​dog "Who ​owns that ​cat?" "I don't ​know. I ​think it must be a stray."

strayadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /streɪ/
(Definition of stray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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strayverb [I]

 us   /streɪ/
  • 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 ​planedisappeared after straying several hundred ​miles off ​course.

strayadjective [not gradable]

 us   /streɪ/
(of an ​animal) having no ​home, or ​lost: Eric and Lise ​rescued the stray ​cat and named her Pashmina. Stray also ​meanshappening by ​chance and ​lackingdirection: It was just a stray ​thought I had while ​washing the ​dishes.

straynoun [C]

 us   /streɪ/
  • stray noun [C] (LOST ANIMAL)

an ​animal that is ​lost or has no ​home: We have given a ​home to a ​number of strays.
(Definition of stray from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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