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English verb: wander

1. wander (motion) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

SamplesThe 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.

ExamplesThey wander the countryside, They wander in the countryside

Synonymscast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)gad, gallivant, jazz around, maunder

Verb groupdrift, err, stray, wander

2. wander (social) be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage

SamplesShe cheats on her husband.
Might her husband be wandering?.

Synonymsbetray, cheat, cheat on, cuckold

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cozen, deceive, delude, lead on

Narrower (hyponym)fool around, play around, two-time

3. wander (motion) go via an indirect route or at no set pace

SamplesAfter dinner, we wandered into town.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)continue, go forward, proceed

Verb groupcast, drift, meander, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, thread, tramp, vagabond, wander, wander, weave, wind

4. wander (motion) to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

SamplesThe river winds through the hills.
The path meanders through the vineyards.
Sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body.

Synonymsmeander, thread, weave, wind

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)snake

Verb groupwander

5. wander (communication) lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

SamplesShe always digresses when telling a story.
Her mind wanders.
Don't digress when you give a lecture.

Synonymsdigress, divagate, stray

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)tell

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