From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdriftdrift1 /drɪft/ ●●○ verb [intransitive] 1 TTWTTAmove slowly to move slowly on water or in the airdrift out/towards etc The rubber raft drifted out to sea. Smoke drifted up from the jungle ahead of us.2 without planTRAVEL to move, change, or do something without any plan or purposedrift around/along etc Jenni spent the year drifting around Europe.drift into I just drifted into teaching, really.drift away The others drifted away. Melanie stayed.drift from something to something The conversation drifted from one topic to another.let your gaze/eyes/thoughts/mind etc drift Idly she let her eyes drift over his desk.3 CHANGE/MAKE something DIFFERENTchange to gradually change from being in one condition, situation etc into another without realizing itdrift into She was just drifting into sleep when the alarm went off. He drifted in and out of consciousness.4 money/prices if values, prices, shares etc drift, they gradually change The dollar drifted lower against the yen today.5 DNsnow/sand if snow, sand etc drifts, the wind blows it into large piles6 → let something drift → drift apart → drift off→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusdrift• Gradually they started drifting away to the main building to eat and sleep.• I walked at his side as if I were drunk, bumping into him, drifting crazily off.• They presently look like a team that could drift farther into oblivion each week.• All night Julie drifted in and out of consciousness.• We will pay special attention to the underlying social problems in high-crime areas, particularly to prevent young people drifting into crime.• It felt as though she'd drifted into some dreamlike watery paradise.• The smoke drifted lazily away to the westward, revealing to us the gray lines steadily advancing..• Ideas drifted quietly like falling petals into his mind.• A fine trail of dust dislodged from the door frame and drifted slowly to the ground.• Vargas Llosa's politics gradually drifted to the right.drift out/towards etc• Or sometimes, did not drift out?• She stepped aside into the doorway of the next room while Luch drifted out and down the stair.• Even the most saintly of people would drift towards complacency and arrogance after such a long period.• It would also be in line with the gradual drift towards fuel tax harmonisation across the Community.• Eventually we drift out into the leafy park behind the museum.• Louis music drifts out of clubs large and small throughout the city.• Twenty-four hours until kick-off and the hyperbole was drifting out of control.• Primo had drifted out of the conversation.let your gaze/eyes/thoughts/mind etc drift• Idly, he let his gaze drift across the horizon.• Frowning, she let her mind drift back to the events of two years ago.• Idly she let her eyes drift over his desk, over the orderly piles of papers and files arranged there.• Vass regarded her flushed face, then let his eyes drift slowly down the length of her slender, dressing-gown-clad figure.• He let his eyes drift up.drifting into sleep• He had lain in bed night after night drifting into sleep on a tide of euphoria.