drift

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noun
1 slow movement
ADJECTIVE
gradual, slow
leftward, rightward

He criticized the rightward drift of the party.

continental
PREPOSITION
drift (away) from

the drift of people away from rural areas into urban slums

drift (back) to

As the strike went on, there was a gradual drift back to work.

drift into

his drift into crime

drift towards/toward
2 general meaning of sth
ADJECTIVE
general, main
VERB + DRIFT
catch, follow, get

I didn't follow the speech exactly, but I caught the main drift of what was being said.

3 pile of snow/sand made by the wind
ADJECTIVE
deep
sand, snow (usually snowdrift)
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verb
1 be carried along by the wind/water
ADVERB
slowly
helplessly

Cold and hungry, they drifted helplessly closer to the Arctic.

downstream

The boat drifted slowly downstream.

along, back, down, out, up, etc.

Smoke drifted up from the campfire.

PREPOSITION
from, to, towards/toward, etc.

They were drifting out to sea.

with

We drifted with the current.

2 move slowly/without purpose
ADVERB
aimlessly
gradually, slowly

Her gaze gradually drifted to the bookshelf.

quietly, silently
eventually, finally

He finally drifted back to his home town.

about (esp. BrE), around, back, down, round (esp. BrE), up, etc.

Voices drifted up through the floorboards.

apart, away, off

Over the years the two friends drifted apart.

VERB + DRIFT
begin to
seem to
allow sth to, let sth

He allowed his thoughts to drift back to his conversation with Carrie.

PREPOSITION
about (BrE), around, round (esp. BrE)

He spent the day drifting aimlessly around the house.

across

She drifted across the room to where we were standing.

between

She began to drift between sleep and wakefulness.

from

We seem to be drifting away from the point.

into

He drifted into teaching, but never really enjoyed it.

out of

He drifted in and out of consciousness.

PHRASAL VERB
drift off
ADVERB
gradually, slowly
PREPOSITION
into

He drifted off into a deep slumber.

PHRASES
drift off to sleep

She closed her eyes and slowly drifted off to sleep.

Drift is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑attention, ↑boat, ↑breeze, ↑cloud, ↑continent, ↑conversation, ↑eye, ↑fog, ↑gaze, ↑mind, ↑mist, ↑music, ↑scent, ↑smell, ↑smoke, ↑snow, ↑snowflake, ↑word

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