- out of the correct path or direction
- out of the right, good, or expected way; into error
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- off the correct or known path or route;
lost:The letter must have gone astray.
- away into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought:Wicked companions led her astray.
adj. [be + ~]
- lost:I was astray and couldn't find my way.
- confused; in error:was astray in those calculations.
- out of the right way;
off the correct or known road, path, or route:Despite specific instructions, they went astray and got lost.
- away from that which is right; into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought:They were led astray by their lust for money.
- Anglo-French *astraié, Old French estraié, past participle of estraier; see stray
- Middle English astraye 1250–1300