drifts, drifting, drifted
1) VERB When something drifts somewhere, it is carried there by the movement of wind or water.

[V adv/prep] We proceeded to drift on up the river...

[V adv/prep] The climbing balloon drifted silently over the countryside...

The waves became rougher as they drifted.

2) VERB If someone or something drifts into a situation, they get into that situation in a way that is not planned or controlled.

[V prep/adv] We need to offer young people drifting into crime an alternative set of values...

[V prep/adv] She and her husband drifted apart and, eventually, they divorced...

There is a general sense that the country and economy alike are drifting.

3) VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone drifts around, you mean that they travel from place to place without a plan or settled way of life.

[V prep/adv] You've been drifting from job to job without any real commitment. [Also V]

4) N-COUNT: usu N prep A drift is a movement away from somewhere or something, or a movement towards somewhere or something different.

...the drift towards the cities.

5) VERB To drift somewhere means to move there slowly or gradually.

[V prep] As rural factories shed labour, people drift towards the cities.

6) VERB If sounds drift somewhere, they can be heard but they are not very loud.

[V prep/adv] Cool summer dance sounds are drifting from the stereo indoors.

7) VERB If snow drifts, it builds up into piles as a result of the movement of the wind.

The snow, except where it drifted, was only calf-deep...

[V-ing] The storm caused severe drifting.

[V-ed] ...the white and drifted snow.

8) N-COUNT A drift is a mass of snow that has built up into a pile as a result of the movement of wind.

A nine-year-old boy was trapped in a snow drift.

9) N-COUNT: with supp, usu N of n A drift of something is an amount of it that has been created by the movement of wind or water.

There was a drift of smoke above the trees.

10) N-SING: poss N, N of n The drift of an argument or speech is the general point that is being made in it.

Grace was beginning to get his drift...

Anybody who's listening will get the drift of what he was saying...

I follow the drift of her conversation.

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