1 verb
Related topics: Nature, Water
drift1 [intransitive]

move slowly

to move slowly on water or in the air
drift out/towards etc
The rubber raft drifted out to sea.
Smoke drifted up from the jungle ahead of us.

without plan

to move, change, or do something without any plan or purpose
drift 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.
let your gaze/eyes/thoughts/mind etc drift
Idly she let her eyes drift over his desk.


to gradually change from being in one condition, situation etc into another without realizing it
drift into
She was just drifting into sleep when the alarm went off.


if values, prices, shares etc drift, they gradually change:
The dollar drifted lower against the yen today.


if snow, sand etc drifts, the wind blows it into large piles

let something drift

to allow something, especially something bad, to continue in the same way:
He couldn't let the matter drift for much longer.

drift apart

phrasal verb
if people drift apart, their relationship gradually ends:
Over the years my college friends and I have drifted apart.

drift off

phrasal verb
to gradually fall asleep:
I was just drifting off when the phone rang.
He felt himself drifting off to sleep.

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