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English definition of “stray”

stray

verb [I]
 
 
/streɪ/
MOVE AWAY to move away from the place where you should be, without intending to: I suddenly realized that I had strayed far from the village.Changing direction
CHANGE THOUGHTS to start thinking or talking about a different subject from the one you should be giving attention to: We seem to have strayed from the original subject.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of stray verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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