wander

The verb wander describes something that has lost track. If you're watching a boring movie, your mind might begin to wander. If you don't have a clear goal, you could wander too — meaning you drift aimlessly.

When you wander mentally, your thoughts get lost. And when you wander physically, you don't have a destination, so it's also possible to lose your bearings and not know where you are — or how to get back. That's why wander is also used to describe someone who drifts from place to place or job to job without a sense of direction or purpose.

Definitions of wander
  1. verb
    move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
    “sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body”
    synonyms: meander, thread, weave, wind
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    types:
    snake
    move along a winding path
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    go via an indirect route or at no set pace
    “After dinner, we wandered into town”
    Synonyms:
    cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    meander, thread, weave, wind
    move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
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    type of:
    continue, go forward, proceed
    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
  3. verb
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    synonyms: cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond
    drift, err, stray
    wander from a direct course or at random
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    types:
    maunder
    wander aimlessly
    gad, gallivant, jazz around
    wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. verb
    lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
    “her mind wanders
    synonyms: digress, divagate, stray
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    type of:
    tell
    let something be known
  5. verb
    be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
    synonyms: betray, cheat, cheat on, cuckold
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    types:
    two-time
    carry on a romantic relationship with two people at the same time
    fool around, play around
    commit adultery
    type of:
    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
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