Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “drift”

drift

noun [S or U]
 
 
/drɪft/
FINANCE a slow change in value, with no particular control over direction: an upward/downward drift in sth The downward drift in copper prices looks set to continue.
a slow development or change from one situation to another: drift away from sth The company is not seeing evidence of any drift away from its premium brands.drift to/toward sth There has been general unease about the drift toward a culture of selling, marketing, and consumerism.
a slow movement from one place to another: a drift from sth to sth The population drift from the cities to the suburbs adds significantly to car use.
→ See also wage drift
(Definition of drift noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of drift?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Business English definitions for “drift”

Definitions of “drift” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More