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View synonyms for astray

astray

[ uh-strey ]

adverb

  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.



astray

/ əˈstreɪ /

adjective

  1. out of the correct path or direction
  2. out of the right, good, or expected way; into error


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Word History and Origins

Origin of astray1

1250–1300; Middle English astraye < Anglo-French *astraié, Old French estraié, past participle of estraier; stray
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Word History and Origins

Origin of astray1

C13: from Old French estraie roaming, from estraier to stray
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Idioms and Phrases

see best-laid plans go astray ; go astray .
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Example Sentences

He said Stewart, who had never received a federal contract before, was led astray by an unnamed third party who had promised the goods and then failed to deliver.

For instance, an operator can click on a specific location and Spot will travel to it, using its onboard sensors to ensure that it doesn’t tip over or go astray along the way.

It is also less likely than other state-of-the-art image recognition models to be led astray by adversarial examples, which have been subtly altered in ways that typically confuse algorithms even though humans might not notice a difference.

You know, so many times people have been led astray or disappointed.

You can make mistakes or go astray for a while, but that doesn’t matter in the long run.

But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.

Certainly, other communities—ultra-Orthodox Jews, for example—are fretting about members who go online, and then astray.

The spokeswoman suggests that the girls had not been radicalized, only led astray.

Percy Heath, a merry fellow, specialized in leading the Reverend Professor Doctor astray and had a lot of fun with him.

The Israelis have not yet confirmed that these were their shells, and have raised the possibility that a Hamas rocket went astray.

Many shall come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and shall lead many astray.

And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray.

Directors sometimes go astray and cases are constantly arising to determine their liability.

A repair to the car delayed us and we went several miles astray on the road.

For as it was your mind to go astray from God; so when you return again you shall seek him ten times as much.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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