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wander about

To walk casually around (some place) without any definite purpose or destination. We had a few hours to kill before we had to catch our train, so we just wandered about downtown for a while. Could you please give me some directions? I've been wandering about for hours with no idea where to go.
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wander around

To walk casually around (some place) without any definite purpose or destination. We had a few hours to kill before we had to catch our train, so we just wandered around downtown for a while. Could you please give me some directions? I've been wandering around for hours with no idea where to go.
See also: around, wander

wander away (from someone or something)

To leave, depart, or stray (from someone or something) in a meandering, ambling manner. I thought the kid was still right next to me, but he must have wandered away while I wasn't looking. We started getting bored, so we wandered away from the hotel to see if anything interesting was happening in the city. It's really easy to get lost in this town, so please don't wander away on your own!
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wander from (someone or something)

1. To stray or move away from someone or something in a meandering, ambling manner. What's this toddler doing here all by herself? She must have wandered from her parents. Please don't wander from the hotel at night. It isn't safe in this city after sundown.
2. To act contrary to some established moral, principle, ideology, etc. I wandered from the teachings of my church when I was in college, but I came to embrace them again a couple of years after I graduated. He wandered from his marriage vows, but I found it in my heart to forgive him.
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wander in

To enter (some place) at random or in a meandering, ambling fashion. We get a lot of strange people who wander in off the street. The wild animal wandered in the house looking for food.
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wander into (some place)

To enter some place at random or in a meandering, ambling fashion. We get a lot of strange people who wander into our store off the street. The wild animal wandered into the house looking for food.
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wander off (from someone or something)

To leave, depart, or stray (from someone or something) in a meandering, ambling manner. I thought the kid was still right next to me, but he must have wandered off while I wasn't looking. We started getting bored, so we wandered off from the hotel to see if anything interesting was happening in the city. It's really easy to get lost in this town, so please don't wander off on your own!
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wandering hands

The tendency to attempt to touch another person for sexual gratification without their consent. Bernard's got wandering hands, which is why his assistants always quit. So-called wandering hands are sexual harassment, period.
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wander about

 and wander around
to stroll or amble around without any purpose evident; to roam around. We just wandered about downtown all morning, looking at the shop windows. It's fun to wander around in a strange town.
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wander away (from someone or something)

 and wander off (from someone or something)
to roam away from someone or something. The little boy wandered away from his mother. He wandered off from his sister. The dog wandered off.
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wander from something

to stray from something, such as a path, a set of rules, etc. Please do not wander from the path I have set for you. If you wander from our guidelines, your finished product may not be acceptable.
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wander in(to something)

to stray or roam into something or some place. A deer wandered into the parking lot and frightened some of the shoppers. Someone wandered in and sat down.
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wander off

(from someone or something) Go to wander away (from someone or something).
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Working in partnership with "World Wildlife Fund," "CARE," "Vitamin Angels," "Opportunity International" and "Light Up the World," Wander claims to be a "socially responsible" philanthropic travel option.
Amishai-Maisels's interpretation emphasizes that the early depictions of the Wandering Jew legend in the De Brailes Hours and in the Chronica are not about "wandering, but on being forced to remain." (80) Her reading of Matthew's depiction focuses on how Matthew's image roots the Cartaphilus figure in place while Christ moves forward; even the furling of the speech scrolls creating a flow of movement emanating from the Savior that contrasts with the fallen stasis of his interlocutor: "the accursed one does not wander but stays in place." (81) The value of Amishai-Maisels's critique for our analysis, then, is her attention to movement (or lack thereof) and her emphasis on the legend's temporality.
We ensure that you are getting all that you require so as to have a place with the patterns for your wander today.
The wander starts at Johnny's Donuts and ends a Wander Brew Hall, a .62 mile course down Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham.
Since standard risk assessment tools may miss a key wandering or elopement risk factor, it is important that providers never underestimate their residents' propensity to wander or elope.
Wander City was developed as an automated, highly scalable city discovery system for finding places, deals and events while 'on the go'.
These mundane tasks are so simple that they require little to no brain capacity to perform, leaving your mind free to wander on its own, while your bodily reflexes perform the task.
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Yesterday, they appeared for sentencing at the same court where it emerged Duffy had also allowed the boy to wander off in December.
In the new study, people's minds wandered more often to pleasant topics than to unpleasant or neutral topics.
Understanding why people with dementia often wander is difficult, but it is suggested it might be a spontaneous response to a need to be doing something or finding somewhere familiar and safe.
Or these patients may wander off and slip on treacherous ground, fall into rivers, streams, or ponds, or be hit by automobiles.
Wander, the committee co-chair from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago, hopes to beat the April deadline for all recommendations.
And she has every right to wander around topless in her own home.