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"wander" in British English

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wanderverb

uk   /ˈwɒn.dər/  us   /ˈwɑːn.dɚ/
  • wander verb (WALK)

B2 [I or T] to ​walk around ​slowly in a ​relaxed way or without any ​clearpurpose or ​direction: We ​spent the ​morning wandering around the ​oldpart of the ​city. She was ​found several ​hourslater, wandering the ​streets, ​lost. He was here a ​minute ago but he's wandered offsomewhere.

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  • wander verb (SUBJECT)

[I] to ​starttalking about a different ​subject from the one you were ​originallydiscussing: We've wandered off/from the ​pointsomewhat.C2 [I] If ​yourmind or ​yourthoughts wander, you ​stopthinking about the ​subject that you should be giving ​yourattention to and ​startthinking about other ​matters: Halfway through the ​meeting my mindstarted to wander. [I] If you say that an ​old person's ​mind is ​beginning to wander, you ​mean that they are ​starting to get very ​confused because of ​theirage: Her mind is ​beginning to wander and she doesn't always ​know who I am.
wander
noun [C usually singular] uk   us   informal
While you're at ​yourmeeting I can go for/have/take a wander around the ​city.
wanderer
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
Kathy's always been a wanderer - she never ​staysanywhere for ​long.
(Definition of wander from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wanderverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈwɑn·də/
to ​walk around ​slowly in a ​relaxed way or without any ​clearpurpose or ​direction: [T] The ​lostchild wandered the ​streets for ​hours. [I] We ​spent the ​morning wandering around the ​oldpart of the ​city. If ​yourmind or ​yourthoughts wander, you ​stopthinking about what you should be giving ​yourattention to and ​startthinking about other ​matters: [I] As he ​droned on, my ​mindbegan to wander.
(Definition of wander from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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