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1    deviate, digress, diverge, get off the point, get sidetracked, go off at a tangent, ramble  
2    be abandoned or lost, drift, err, go astray, lose one's way, meander, range, roam, rove, straggle, wander  
3    abandoned, homeless, lost, roaming, vagrant  
4    accidental, chance, erratic, freak, odd, random, scattered  
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  ( strays    plural & 3rd person present)   ( straying    present participle)   ( strayed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone strays somewhere, they wander away from where they are supposed to be.  
Tourists often get lost and stray into dangerous areas...      V prep/adv  
A railway line crosses the park so children must not be allowed to stray.      V  
2       adj   A stray dog or cat has wandered away from its owner's home.  
ADJ n  
...a refuge for stray cats.     
      Stray is also a noun., n-count  
The dog was a stray which had been adopted.     
3       verb   If your mind or your eyes stray, you do not concentrate on or look at one particular subject, but start thinking about or looking at other things.   (=wander)  
Even with the simplest cases I find my mind straying...      V  
4       adj   You use stray to describe something that exists separated from other similar things.  
ADJ n  
An 8-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet..., She shrugged a stray lock of hair out of her eyes.     

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stay, strap, strain, strand

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