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English definition of “drift”

drift

noun (MEANING)    /drɪft/
[S] the general meaning without the details : The general drift of the article was that society doesn't value older people .Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying catch/get sb's drift informal to understand the general meaning of what someone is sayingUnderstanding and comprehending if you catch/get my drift informal used to say that you have left out information or your opinion from what you have just said, but that you expect the person listening still to understand it: She's married , but she doesn't act as if she is, if you get my drift.Understanding and comprehending
(Definition of drift noun (MEANING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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