Definition of astray in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈstrā/


1Away from the correct path or direction: we went astray but a man redirected us
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  • The Reds were rewarded with two penalties but they were kicked astray due to poor direction.
  • And then when they arrive in Kerry, their problems are compounded as they're confronted with confused and disjointed signage that could send them astray for another hour.
  • Presently, they have a mature adult tortoiseshell cat who was spotted astray in Kirkbymoorside for several months before being brought into their care with a nasty skin infection around her head.
off target, wide of the mark, awry, off course;
2Into error or morally questionable behavior: he was led astray by boozy colleagues
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  • I acted like a fool in allowing myself to be led astray and placed in such a horrible situation.
  • All the local churches are being asked to pray against this meeting and any subsequent ones, so that folk in our town are not led astray into things that are evil.
  • Hiding behind the hackneyed theme of a ruler being led astray by evil advisers, Becket could have been in no doubt that the scheme had been orchestrated by Henry.
into wrongdoing, into error, into sin, into iniquity, away from the straight and narrow, off the right course


go astray

(Of an object) become lost or mislaid: the money had gone astray
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  • Furthermore, they claim that if the money goes astray, it is only after it passes through European and American banks.
  • Mr. Cowley records how he received three panic calls from Bermuda that day fearing that their money had gone astray, and had to make a few visits to the local branch manager.
  • He said: ‘It is evident that there was an item of correspondence that went astray.’


Middle English (in the sense 'distant from the correct path'): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French estraie, past participle of estraier, based on Latin extra 'out of bounds' + vagari 'wander'.

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