Translation of stray in Spanish:


apartarse, v.

Pronunciation /streɪ//streɪ/

intransitive verb

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    (wander away) apartarse
    (wander away) alejarse
    (get lost) extraviarse
    (get lost) perderse
    to stray from sb/sth
    • we strayed from the rest of the group nos apartamos / nos alejamos del resto del grupo
    • several sheep strayed from the flock varias ovejas se separaron del resto del rebaño / se descarriaron
    • to stray from one's course/route desviarse del camino/de la ruta
    • to stray from the path of virtue/the party line apartarse / desviarse del buen camino/de la línea del partido
    • we strayed off the path nos apartamos del camino
    • I strayed into a military zone me metí sin querer en una zona militar
    • The statement refers to last month's incident during which a Chinese submarine strayed into Japanese waters and was chased out by the Japanese navy.
    • Officers said they had strayed into Glodwick - starting point of the Oldham race riots last May - in search of a taxi and were confronted by a gang of up to 12 stick-wielding men.
    • His distribution was also hit and miss and he had strayed into an offside position when he put the ball in the net with his only shot of the match.
    • She said women were going into a small foyer next to the fitting rooms to give their men's clothes the once-over, but that some strayed into the actual changing room area.
    • She went for a long walk and strayed into the forest.
    • In September, the Soviet air force shot down a South Korean passenger jet after it strayed into Soviet air space.
    • No fewer than four aircraft had strayed into the exclusion zone around Elvington, putting the lives of those in the air and on the ground at risk.
    • The men were held after their patrol boats strayed into Iranian coastal waters close to the Iraq border.
    • According to the Civil Aviation Authority, he strayed into a two-mile wide no-fly zone over Heysham nuclear power station.
    • It also provided a window on the long-standing predilections of a generation or three of trustees who got goose-bumps when anything English strayed into their path.
    • The Russian air force scrambled a fighter jet to intercept a Manchester-bound airliner that had strayed into its air space
    • The cause was a light plane flown by two hapless pilots from rural Pennsylvania, who mistakenly strayed into the restricted airspace surrounding Washington DC.
    • We saw that last week when an aeroplane strayed into the no-fly zone in Washington.
    • The Marines were arrested after they strayed into Iranian waters.
    • Once or twice I thought I had strayed into a lecture course for undergraduates, because it feels as if the writer is repeating things he has said before.
    • He got into trouble when he strayed into Harlem.
    • Absentmindedly, she had strayed away from her path and walked into a back alley.
    • It's something we've strayed into ourselves before.
    • The uncle, who was driving, strayed into the oncoming lane.
    • Never stray more than fifty yards along the beach from the car park.
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    her eyes were straying around the room paseaba distraída la mirada por la habitación
    • my hand automatically strayed toward my wallet la mano se me fue instintivamente hacia la cartera
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    he kept straying from the issue se apartaba / se desviaba una y otra vez del tema
    • the conversation strayed to less serious topics la conversación derivó hacia temas menos serios
    • he let his thoughts stray se puso a pensar en otra cosa
  • 4literary

    apartarse del buen camino


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    (dog) (ownerless) callejero
    (dog) (ownerless) vago
    (dog) (lost) perdido
    • It was felt that this could encourage stray dogs, cats and even rats.
    • Your child should never touch or feed stray cats or dogs wandering in the neighborhood or elsewhere.
    • The hospital in Clarendon Drive cares for around 120 sick or injured stray cats a month.
    • The town decided to build the pound in 1734 to round up stray animals.
    • The streets were mostly deserted, filled by one or two stray cats and some rats.
    • And he has a string of bands to take to the stage to help raise cash for abandoned and stray cats and dogs.
    • Khalil has been heavily involved with wild animals like lions, bears and stray dogs in particular.
    • Currently Bulgaria has no legislation to regulate the relations between people and domestic and stray dogs.
    • She had adopted many of the stray cats that wandered Frost Castle, giving them more love and attention than she ever did her own fiancée.
    • Here and there, a stray cat or dog would dart in and out of sight, and one or two even come close enough to the travelers to beg for food.
    • Every other day, my bin is tipped over and ripped open by stray cats, dogs and foxes.
    • For the last few years Kingston have helped Richmond deal with their stray dogs, charging a fee per animal dealt with.
    • The stray cats were seen wandering around in the greenland of Yandlord Garden, playing and searching for food day and night.
    • Furman is part of a loosely organized community of local animal lovers who take care of stray cats.
    • The department planned to erect additional fencing along the runway to keep out stray animals.
    • Streets once packed with stray cats and dogs mysteriously have none.
    • We are going to be among the many who will gladly take the extra refuse to the council offices, to prevent cats, foxes and stray dogs attacking bags which are propping our bin lids open.
    • Most people see a cuddly stray dog or cat as something to pet and perhaps take home as a pet.
    • If a stray cat had wandered onto the field, it would have turned tail and looked for something less horrid.
    • But one of these animals brought death to this small village, when a stray dog went on the rampage, biting seven children.
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    (sheep) descarriado
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    (random, scattered)
    a stray bullet una bala perdida
    • a few stray hairs algunos pelos sueltos
    • been busy today? — a stray customer or two ¿han tenido mucho trabajo hoy? — alguno que otro cliente
    • I brushed a stray strand of her hair out of her face.
    • Ashton chuckled and pushed a stray hair behind her ear.
    • I blinked and slipped a stray piece of hair behind my ear.
    • The long-haired variety needs a regular brush and comb and occasional trimming of stray hairs.
    • She hurriedly grabbed her papers, gloves, and keys, tucked a stray hair behind her ear and looked sternly at me.
    • I grinned at him, flicking a stray lock of my hair back.
    • Andrew smiled unconsciously and reached out the back of his hand to stroke away stray hairs.
    • She looked the strange man over a stray piece of hair falling haphazardly across her face.
    • He brushes a stray lock of hair away from Darin's face.
    • A stray hair can lead to unpleasant sensations in one's mouth.
    • I would suggest you first pick up all stray hairs with a dampened paper towel so they don't get mixed up with your cloths and solutions.
    • Atalana tugged at a stray piece of hair, looking bored.
    • He brushed a stray lock of hair off of her forehead.
    • ‘You are going to do this,’ she said firmly, smoothing back a stray strand of hair.
    • I fixed the last stray hair and turned to open the door.
    • She screamed, her hair in stray pieces along her forehead.
    • Hailey brushed a stray strand of hair away from her face and smiled. ‘I've seen better.’
    • Timothy tenderly swept stray locks of hair from her face.
    • ‘And many happy returns,’ Grandmother piped up, pulling a stray hair into her tight bun.
    • The cotton soon gives way to desert, where stray camels roam.


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    (ownerless dog) perro callejero masculine
    (ownerless dog) perro vago masculine
    (ownerless cat) gato callejero masculine
    (ownerless cat) gato vago masculine
    (lost dog) perro perdido masculine
    (lost cat) gato perdido masculine
    • None of them recognized her or had seen a black stray.
    • It is fairly safe to assume that any bird you see will be in its proper location and not a stray from abroad or the western part of the continent.
    • But then Patch came to the rescue and went for the stray.
    • As a general rule, if you can pick it up, it is a sociable stray.
    • Only one of the overweight cats came in as a stray.
    • The presence of this common deepwater skate in the waters encompassed by this list has not been shown, but a stray might be expected.
    • It seemed to be a healthy animal, not a wild stray, and more importantly, it sported a black collar.
    • Cats are meat eaters so a large bowl of good quality tinned cat food along with a handful of dried cat food and a bowl of fresh water will most probably get a very warm reception from a hungry stray.
    • They said he was a stray from Ireland and that his name was Jimmy.
    • She stayed low, not wanting to be hit by a stray of Carden's.
    • May's feline is Alastair, who was found in very poor condition as a stray in the Minety area.
    • Charlie is a very happy and loving boy who came into the shelter as a stray.
    • His owner adopted him as a stray.
    • He picked up his pace and ran full speed at the stray.
    • Jarrett swings the loop easily as he heads down the sage-covered ridge toward a stray.
    • It was there, wandering the streets of Kathmandu picking up strays, that she first discovered her love of animals.
    • The former stray, who had been Mr Boffey's companion for the past three years, was later found unharmed in another farm vehicle.
    • She anxiously put a hand to her bangs, fixing imaginary strays and adjusting the many colored, chunky plastic bracelets on her arm.
    • He looked on the neck and found it had no collar, so he was probably a stray.
    • As for the hound, he is nothing but a mooching stray.