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verb [intransitive] drift pronunciation in British English /drɪft/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydrift
he/she/itdrifts
present participledrifting
past tensedrifted
past participledrifted
  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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