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verb [intransitive] drift pronunciation in British English /drɪft/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledrifting
past tensedrifted
past participledrifted
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  1. 1
    to be pushed along very slowly by the movement of air or water
    The boat started to drift out to sea.
    Thick smoke drifted across the town.
  2. 3
    to move somewhere slowly as though you do not know where you are going
    People were drifting around the conference centre.
  3. 4
    to go from one state to another without realizing it
    He was drifting in and out of consciousness.
  4. 5
    to do something or to happen in a way that is not planned
    The conversation drifted from one dull subject to the another.
    I just drifted into nursing really.


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