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WANDER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wander mean? 

WANDER (verb)
  The verb WANDER has 5 senses:

1. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
2. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
3. go via an indirect route or at no set pace
4. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
5. lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

  Familiarity information: WANDER used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


WANDER (verb)


Sense 1wander [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

wander; stray; rove; vagabond; roam; range; ramble; swan; drift; tramp; cast; roll

Context examples:

The gypsies roamed the woods / roving vagabonds / the wandering Jew / The cattle roam across the prairie / the laborers drift from one town to the next / They rolled from town to town

Hypernyms (to "wander" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wander"):

maunder (wander aimlessly)

gad; gallivant; jazz around (wander aimlessly in search of pleasure)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

They wander the countryside
They wander in the countryside


Sense 2wander [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

cheat on; cuckold; wander; betray; cheat

Context examples:

She cheats on her husband / Might her husband be wandering?

Hypernyms (to "wander" is one way to...):

cozen; deceive; delude; lead on (be false to; be dishonest with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wander"):

two-time (carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time)

fool around; play around (commit adultery)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3wander [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go via an indirect route or at no set pace

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

After dinner, we wandered into town

Hypernyms (to "wander" is one way to...):

continue; go forward; proceed (move ahead; travel onward in time or space)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4wander [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

wind; thread; meander; wander; weave

Context examples:

the river winds through the hills / the path meanders through the vineyards / sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body

Hypernyms (to "wander" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wander"):

snake (move along a winding path)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5wander [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

digress; divagate; stray; wander

Context examples:

She always digresses when telling a story / her mind wanders / Don't digress when you give a lecture

Hypernyms (to "wander" is one way to...):

tell (let something be known)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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