drift - definition and synonyms


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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] a slow and gradual change from one situation or opinion to another

    the drift away from socialism

  3. 3
    [singular] a gradual movement of people from one place to another

    the population drift to the cities

  4. 4
    [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?