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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
a•stray /əˈstreɪ/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. off the correct or known path or route;
    lost:The letter must have gone astray.
  2. away into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought:Wicked companions led her astray.

adj. [be + ~]
  1. lost:I was astray and couldn't find my way.
  2. confused; in error:was astray in those calculations.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
a•stray  (ə strā), 
adv., adj. 
  1. out of the right way;
    off the correct or known road, path, or route:Despite specific instructions, they went astray and got lost.
  2. away from that which is right; into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought:They were led astray by their lust for money.
Etymology:
  • Anglo-French *astraié, Old French estraié, past participle of estraier; see stray
  • Middle English astraye 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

astray /əˈstreɪ/ adj , adv (postpositive)
  1. out of the correct path or direction
  2. out of the right, good, or expected way; into error
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French estraie roaming, from estraier to stray



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