Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “astray”

astray

adverb
 
 
/əˈstreɪ/
go astray to get lost or go in the wrong direction: One of my bags went astray at the airport.Losing and lossWinning and losing
lead sb astray to encourage someone to do bad things that they should not do: He was led astray by his friends.Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant
(Definition of astray from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Bad and wrong behaviour, but you might be interested in these topics from the Behaving and interacting topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “astray” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More