drift Definition

  • 1to be carried along by currents of air or water
  • 2a general meaning or tendency of something

Using drift: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "drift" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The boat drifted slowly down the river.

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    The clouds drifted across the sky.

  • Example

    He drifted off to sleep during the movie.

  • Example

    There is a drift towards more conservative policies in the government.

  • Example

    The drift of the conversation was towards politics.

drift Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with drift

  • to become less close or friendly over time


    After college, we drifted apart and lost touch.

  • to gradually fall asleep


    I always drift off during long car rides.

  • to move aimlessly or without purpose


    He spent his days drifting along the river in his boat.

Origins of drift

from Old Norse 'drift', meaning 'snowdrift'


Summary: drift in Brief

The verb 'drift' [drɪft] means to be carried along by air or water currents, or to gradually fall asleep. The noun 'drift' refers to the general meaning or tendency of something, such as a conversation or policy. Phrases like 'drift apart' and 'drift off' are common, while idioms are rare. Synonyms include 'float,' 'waft,' and 'trend,' while antonyms include 'anchor' and 'stabilize.'

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