1 coast, float, waft:
A log drifted by on the tide.
2 wander, roam, meander, stray, rove, ramble, Colloq mosey:
He seems just to drift through life, without a purpose.
3 trend, tendency, direction, course, current, bias, inclination, flow, sweep, bent:
The drift of the conversation seemed to be towards politics.
4 intention, meaning, purport, purpose, aim, object, tenor, tone, spirit, colour, essence, gist, significance, import:
Offended by the drift of her remarks, I excused myself.
5 accumulation, pile, heap, mass, bank, mound, dune:
After the snowstorm, a huge drift blocked the door.
1 slow movement towards sth
~ (away) from
the drift of people away from rural areas into urban slums
| ~ (back) to
As the strike went on, there was a gradual drift back to work.
| ~ into
his drift into crime
| ~ towards
2 general meaning of sth
VERB + DRIFT
catch, follow, get
I didn't follow the speech exactly, but I caught the main drift of what was being said.
I lost the drift of what she was saying.
3 pile of snow/sand made by the wind
deep, great | sand, snow
1 be carried along by the wind/water
slowly | helplessly
Cold and hungry, they drifted helplessly towards the Arctic.
| downriver, downstream, downwind
The boat drifted slowly downstream.
| along, back, down, out
from, to, towards, etc.
drifting out to sea
2 move slowly/without purpose
aimlessly | slowly | quietly, silently | about, around/round, apart, away, back, down, off, up
Voices drifted up through the floorboards.
VERB + DRIFT
begin to | seem to | allow sth to
He allowed his thoughts to drift back to his conversation with Carrie.
He spent the day drifting aimlessly about the house.
She drifted across the room to where we were standing.
She began to drift between sleep and wakefulness.
We seem to be drifting away from the point.
| in, into
He drifted into teaching, but never really enjoyed it.
| out of
He drifted in and out of consciousness.
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