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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 clear purpose or direction: We spent the morning wandering around the old part of the city. She was found several hours later, wandering the streets, lost. He was here a minute ago but he's wandered off somewhere.

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  • wander verb (SUBJECT)

[I] to start talking about a different subject from the one you were originally discussing: We've wandered off/from the point somewhat.
C2 [I] If your mind or your thoughts wander, you stop thinking about the subject that you should be giving your attention to and start thinking about other matters: Halfway through the meeting my mind started 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 their age: 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 your meeting I can go for/have/take a wander around the city.
wanderer
noun [C] uk   /ˈwɒn.dər.ər/  us   /ˈwɑːn.dɚ.ɚ/
Kathy's always been a wanderer - she never stays anywhere 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 clear purpose or direction: [T] The lost child wandered the streets for hours. [I] We spent the morning wandering around the old part of the city.
If your mind or your thoughts wander, you stop thinking about what you should be giving your attention to and start thinking about other matters: [I] As he droned on, my mind began to wander.
(Definition of wander from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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