drift

drift
drift1 [ drıft ] verb intransitive **
1. ) to be pushed along very slowly by the movement of air or water:
The boat started to drift out to sea.
Thick smoke from a forest fire drifted across the town.
a ) if snow or sand drifts, the wind blows it into a large pile
2. ) to move somewhere slowly as though you do not know where you are going:
People were drifting around the conference center.
a ) to go from one state to another without realizing it:
He was drifting in and out of consciousness.
3. ) to do something or happen in a way that is not planned:
The conversation drifted toward the subject of money.
I just drifted into nursing really.
,drift a`part phrasal verb intransitive
if two or more people drift apart, their relationship gradually ends
,drift `off phrasal verb intransitive
to start to sleep:
I was just drifting off when the door slammed.
drift
drift 2 [ drıft ] noun *
1. ) count a large pile of snow or sand formed by the wind:
The car was stuck in a deep snow drift.
2. ) singular INFORMAL the meaning that someone is trying to express:
the general drift: Well, anyway, I'm sure you get the general drift.
get/catch someone's drift (=understand the basic meaning): Do you get my drift?
3. ) singular a slow and gradual change from one situation or opinion to another:
the drift away from socialism
4. ) singular a gradual movement of people from one place to another:
the population drift to the cities

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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