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noun drift pronunciation in American English /drɪft/
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singulardrift
pluraldrifts
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  1. 1
    [countable] a large pile of snow or sand formed by the wind
    The car was stuck in a deep snow drift.
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  2. 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. 3
    [singular] a slow and gradual change from one situation or opinion to another
    the drift away from socialism
  4. 4
    [singular] a gradual movement of people from one place to another
    the population drift to the cities

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