Translation of "drift" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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driftverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /drɪft/ us /drɪft/

C2 to move slowly, especially as a result of outside forces, with no control over direction

No one noticed that the boat had begun to drift out to sea. 沒有人注意到船已經開始漂向大海了。
A mist drifted in from the marshes. 一陣霧氣從沼澤地裡飄過來。
After the band stopped playing, people drifted away in twos and threes. 樂隊演奏結束後,人們便三三兩兩地散去了。
figurative The talk drifted aimlessly from one subject to another. 談話漫無目的地從一個主題轉向另一個主題。

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uk /drɪft/ us /drɪft/

drift noun (MEANING)

[ S ] the general meaning without the details

The general drift of the article was that society doesn't value older people. 文章的大意是社會對長者並不重視。
catch/get sb's drift informal

to understand the general meaning of what someone is saying

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. 她結婚了,但她表現得不像是結了婚的,你明白我的意思吧。

drift noun (MOVEMENT)

[ C ] a pile of snow or something similar, formed by the wind

The snow lay in deep drifts. 到處是風吹起來的厚厚的雪堆。

[ S or U ] a general development or change in a situation

The downward drift in copper prices looks like it will continue. 銅價下跌的趨勢看來註定還要持續下去。

(Translation of “drift” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)