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wander

verb 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 moment ago but he's wandered off somewhere.Moving gently on footSlow and moving slowly

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.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much 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.Not paying attentionTreating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoring [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.Of unsound mindStupid and silly
wander
noun [C usually singular] uk   informal us  
While you're in your meeting I can go for/have/take a wander around the city.Moving gently on foot
wanderer
noun [C] uk   /r/ us    //
Kathy's always been a bit of a wanderer - she never stays anywhere long.Travellers and visitors
(Definition of wander from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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