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 for wander
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wander \Wan"der\, v. t.
     To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to
     stroll through. [R.] "[Elijah] wandered this barren waste."
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wander \Wan"der\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wandered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Wandering.] [OE. wandren, wandrien, AS. wandrian; akin
     to G. wandern to wander; fr. AS. windan to turn. See Wind
     to turn.]
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     1. To ramble here and there without any certain course or
        with no definite object in view; to range about; to
        stroll; to rove; as, to wander over the fields.
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              They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins.
                                                    --Heb. xi. 37.
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              He wandereth abroad for bread.        --Job xv. 23.
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     2. To go away; to depart; to stray off; to deviate; to go
        astray; as, a writer wanders from his subject.
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              When God caused me to wander from my father's house.
                                                    --Gen. xx. 13.
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              O, let me not wander from thy commandments. --Ps.
                                                    cxix. 10.
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     3. To be delirious; not to be under the guidance of reason;
        to rave; as, the mind wanders.
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     Syn: To roam; rove; range; stroll; gad; stray; straggly; err;
          swerve; deviate; depart.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in
           search of food or employment; "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"
           [syn: roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam,
           cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond]
      2: be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She
         cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"
         [syn: cheat on, cheat, cuckold, betray, wander]
      3: go via an indirect route or at no set pace; "After dinner, we
         wandered into town"
      4: to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular
         course; "the river winds through the hills"; "the path
         meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout wanders
         through the entire body" [syn: weave, wind, thread,
         meander, wander]
      5: lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject
         of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or
         speaking; "She always digresses when telling a story"; "her
         mind wanders"; "Don't digress when you give a lecture" [syn:
         digress, stray, divagate, wander]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  97 Moby Thesaurus words for "wander":
     amble, babble, bat, bat around, be absent, be in error, be insane,
     be mistaken, be wrong, boom, bum, circumambulate, count ties,
     daydream, depart, deviate, digress, divagate, diverge, dote, dream,
     drift, drivel, drool, err, excurse, fall into error, fantasy, flit,
     gad, gad about, gallivant, get sidetracked, go about, go adrift,
     go amiss, go astray, go awry, go the rounds, go woolgathering,
     go wrong, have a demon, hit the road, hit the trail, hobo, jaunt,
     knock about, knock around, lapse, maunder, meander, misbelieve,
     miscalculate, mooch, moon, muse, nomadize, peregrinate, pererrate,
     pipe-dream, project, prowl, rage, ramble, range, rant, rave, roam,
     roll, rove, run about, run amok, run mad, saunter, serve Mammon,
     slaver, slip, slip up, slobber, snake, stargaze, straggle, stray,
     stroll, stumble, trail, traipse, tramp, trip, turn aside, twist,
     twist and turn, vagabond, vagabondize, walk the tracks, wayfare,

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