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English definition of “stray”

stray

verb [I]     /streɪ/
to travel along a route that was not originally intended, or to move outside a limited area: A herd of cattle had strayed into the road. They got lost when they strayed too far from the footpath. The ship strayed off course during the storm.Losing and lossWinning and losing to start thinking or talking about a different subject from the one you should be giving attention to: I think we've strayed too far from our original plan. Sorry - I've strayed from the subject.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of stray verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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