driftdrift1 /drɪft/ ●●○ verb [intransitive]1TTWTTAmove slowly to move slowly on water or in the airdrift out/towards etcThe rubber raft drifted out to sea.Smoke drifted up from the jungle ahead of us.2without planTRAVEL to move, change, or do something without any plan or purposedrift around/along etcJenni spent the year drifting around Europe.drift intoI just drifted into teaching, really.drift awayThe others drifted away. Melanie stayed.drift from something to somethingThe conversation drifted from one topic to another.let your gaze/eyes/thoughts/mind etc driftIdly she let her eyes drift over his desk.3CHANGE/MAKE something DIFFERENTchange to gradually change from being in one condition, situation etc into another without realizing itdrift intoShe was just drifting into sleep when the alarm went off.He drifted in and out of consciousness.4money/prices if values, prices, shares etc drift, they gradually changeThe dollar drifted lower against the yen today.5DNsnow/sand if snow, sand etc drifts, the windblows it into large piles6 →let something drift →drift apart →drift off→ See Verb table
driftdrift2 ●○○ noun1SNOWsnow/sand [countable]DN a large pile of snow or sand that has been blown by the winddrift ofThe road is blocked with massive drifts of snow.a snow drift2CHANGEchange [singular] a slow change or development from one situation, opinion etc to anotherdrift towards/toa drift towards longer working hours3movement of peopleTRAVEL [singular, uncountable] a slow movement of large numbers of people that has not been planneddrift from/to/intothe drift from the countryside to the cities4 →the drift (of something)5SHIPships/planes [uncountable]TTW the movement of a ship or plane from its originaldirection because of the movement of the wind or water6slow movement [uncountable] very slow movement, especially over water or through the air
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drift• The party has experienced a drift toward the right in the last two years.• The endlessdrift from the past to the future.• It was a complicatedargument but I think I caught his drift.• High winds were becoming a problem, blowing snow into drifts 3 to 5 feet high in places.• All the roads to Denver were blocked by snow drifts.• His presidentialhopes thus suffered a fatal blow in the snow drifts of New Hampshire.• Make sure that you correct the drift before touch down and then be prepared to prevent the swing into wind.• He was breathing, but his leg was a mess, must have been hit on the drift down.• The drifts were granulated and shrinking under my eyes.• The drift of his letter is that he wants to come back.• I follow your drift, but I just don't believe it.drift towards/to• He nodded slowly and she felt his gazedrift to the goldband on her weddingfinger.• Then his usualcalm came back, and he drifted to the door of the barn, hands in pockets.• He drifts to the sideboard and looks for something else.• But we are now drifting to the next stages of the methodology.• The smoke drifted to and fro among us.• Above all the drift to a self-seeking, self-satisfying, self-fulfillingapproach to relationships is where the rot is really setting in.• But not the drift to the mainland for work for the young men.drift from/to/into• Looking carefully all about me, I drift into the carpark.• Adam blew the feather into the air and let it drift to the floor.• Morton drifted into the grandsalon, which was teeming with people.• A piece of strawdrifted to the ground.• The seminar also called on governments to support small farmers, in order to help reduce the drift to the cities.• Earth had begun to drift from the cross-wires; the radioantenna was no longer pointing toward its target.• We seemed to drift into tranquility once we reached the long plateaustretch on the high road to Taos.From Longman Business Dictionarydriftdrift1 /drɪft/ verb [intransitive]to go slowly up or down in value, without any particular directionLondon shares drifted in the absence of a statement from the Treasury.The dollar drifted lower against other major currencies in thin trading.The pound drifted down again yesterday.The Nasdaq Composite Index drifted higher throughout the session to close with a gain of 1.27%.→ See Verb tabledriftdrift2 noun [countable]a slow change or development from one situtation, opinion etc to anotherdrift to/towardsThe drift towards recession started when the slump in the service sector became as bad as the slump in manufacturing.