wander

wander
[[t]wɒ̱ndə(r)[/t]]
wanders, wandering, wandered
1) VERB If you wander in a place, you walk around there in a casual way, often without intending to go in any particular direction.

[V prep/adv] When he got bored he wandered around the fair...

[V prep/adv] They wandered off in the direction of the nearest store...

[V n] Those who do not have relatives to return to are left to wander the streets and sleep rough.

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N-SING: a N
Wander is also a noun.

A wander around any market will reveal stalls piled high with vegetables.

2) VERB If a person or animal wanders from a place where they are supposed to stay, they move away from the place without going in a particular direction.

[V adv/prep] Because Mother is afraid we'll get lost, we aren't allowed to wander far...

To keep their bees from wandering, beekeepers feed them sugar solutions.

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3) VERB If your mind wanders or your thoughts wander, you stop concentrating on something and start thinking about other things.

His mind would wander, and he would lose track of what he was doing...

Jarvis found his attention wandering...

[V prep/adv] Grace allowed her mind to wander to other things.

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4) VERB If your eyes wander, you stop looking at one thing and start looking around at other things.

[V prep/adv] His eyes wandered restlessly around the room...

[V prep/adv] His eyes kept wandering to the picture...

Read their body language. Are their eyes wandering or are they drumming the desk with their fingers?


English dictionary. 2008.

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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

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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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