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Adjective
Having no home or having wandered away from home
“That is also when the omnipresent stray dogs are more interested in their siesta than in chasing hapless wayfarers.”
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In the wrong place
“Harry tenderly swept stray locks of hair from Meghan's face.”
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Random or unexpected in nature
“There had only been a handful of stray sightings in Wales, and I assumed that mine had been a one-off”
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Produced or carried out hastily
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Not happening frequently
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Wide
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Unable to find one's way
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Having only a single instance
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Erring or straying from the accepted course or standards
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Having or showing faulty judgement or reasoning
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Verb
To deviate from a subject or topic
“The speaker would begin to stray into subjects related to his own personal experience.”
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To move away (typically aimlessly) from a group, course or place
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“Never stray more than fifty yards along the beach from the car park.”
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To lose one's way
“Our pet dog would stray the second we took our eyes off her.”
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To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner
“He was a devoted husband who would never stray.”
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To commit an offense or act of immorality
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“Absolute power tends to corrupt, causing many to stray from what is right and just.”
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To linger behind or wander from a main line or part
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To relapse into bad ways or error
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Enter someone's land or property without permission
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To give up or renounce one's position or belief
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To lie or move along on a liquid surface or in the air
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Change or cause to change direction abruptly
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Talk in a rambling manner
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To move around or sideways unsteadily
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Noun
A stray person or animal
“Consider adopting a stray from the local animal shelter.”
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A young child who is poorly or raggedly dressed
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One that has been excluded from a society or system, a pariah
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A domestic cat that has returned to the wild, or that was born wild
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One who wanders, who travels aimlessly
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(dated or humorous) A contemptible or inferior dog
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An animal as opposed to a human being
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