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drift

verb [I]  /drɪft/ us  

drift verb [I] (MOVE)

to move slowly, esp. as a result of outside forces, with no control over direction: He stopped rowing and let the boat drift. Someone or something that drifts changes in a gradual way that seems to be controlled by outside forces: I finally drifted off to sleep.

drift

noun  /drɪft/ us  

drift noun (MEANING)

[U] the general meaning or message of something said or written: After a minute I caught his drift and grinned back.

drift noun (MOVE)

[C] a gradual change that seems to be controlled by outside forces: Many people experience a drift toward more conservative politics as they get older. [C] A drift is also a pile of something that is made larger by the force of the wind: The state police closed the highway because of deep snow drifts.
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