wander

wander
1 verb
1 MOVE WITHOUT A DIRECTION (I, T) to move slowly across or around an area, without a clear direction or purpose: wander in/through/around etc: I'll just wander around the mall for half an hour. | wander sth: Nomadic tribes wander these deserts.
2 MOVE AWAY also wander off (I) to move away from where you are supposed to stay: Don't let any of the kids wander off.
3 CHANGE THE SUBJECT (I) to start to talk about something not connected with the main subject that you were talking about before
(+ from/off): Pastor Riker started to wander from the point.
4 MIND/THOUGHTS (I) if your mind, thoughts etc wander, you no longer pay attention to something, especially because you are bored or worried: I'm sorry, my mind was wandering. What did you say?
5 sb's mind is wandering used to say that someone has become unable to think clearly, especially because they are old
6 ROAD/RIVER (I) if a road or a river wanders somewhere, it does not go straight but in curves
(+ through/across/along): The Missouri river wanders across several states. — wanderer noun (C) 2 noun (singular) a short relaxed walk: go for/take a wander: Let's take a wander down to the shops.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Wander — Wan der, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wandered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wandering}.] [OE. wandren, wandrien, AS. wandrian; akin to G. wandern to wander; fr. AS. windan to turn. See {Wind} to turn.] [1913 Webster] 1. To ramble here and there without any certain …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wander — (v.) O.E. wandrian move about aimlessly, wander, from W.Gmc. *wandrojan (Cf. O.Fris. wondria, M.L.G., M.Du. wanderen, Ger. wandern to wander, a variant form of the root represented in O.H.G. wantalon to walk, wander ), from root *wend to turn… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • wander — [wän′dər] vi. [ME wandren < OE wandrian, akin to Ger wandern, akin ? to WEND, WIND1] 1. to move or go about aimlessly, without plan or fixed destination; ramble; roam 2. to go to a destination in a casual way or by an indirect route; idle;… …   English World dictionary

  • Wander — Wan der, v. t. To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through. [R.] [Elijah] wandered this barren waste. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wander — index digress, perambulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wander — ► VERB 1) walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way. 2) move slowly away from a fixed point or place. ► NOUN ▪ an act or spell of wandering. DERIVATIVES wanderer noun. ORIGIN Old English, related to WEND …   English terms dictionary

  • wander — wan|der1 S3 [ˈwɔndə US ˈwa:ndər] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(without direction)¦ 2¦(move away)¦ 3¦(mind/thoughts)¦ 4¦(conversation)¦ 5 somebody s mind is wandering 6¦(eyes)¦ 7¦(road/river)¦ 8¦(hands)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: wandrian] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wander — I UK [ˈwɒndə(r)] / US [ˈwɑndər] verb Word forms wander : present tense I/you/we/they wander he/she/it wanders present participle wandering past tense wandered past participle wandered ** 1) [intransitive/transitive] to travel from place to place …   English dictionary

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