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Meaning of “adrift” in the English Dictionary

"adrift" in British English

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adriftadjective [after verb]

uk   us   /əˈdrɪft/
If a ​boat is adrift, it is ​moving on the ​water but is not ​controlled by anyone because of a ​problem: He ​spent three ​days adrift on his ​yacht. If a ​person is adrift, they do not have a ​clearpurpose in ​life or ​know what they ​want to do: Da Silva ​plays a ​bright, ​lonelystudent from New York, adrift in ​small-town Arizona.go/come adrift informal to ​becomeloose: The ​hem of my skirt's come adrift again.go adrift informal If ​plans go adrift, they ​fail or do not ​produce the ​correctresults: Something ​seems to have gone adrift in ​ourcalculations.
(Definition of adrift from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adrift" in American English

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adriftadjective, adverb

 us   /əˈdrɪft/
(of a ​boat) not ​fastened and ​moving with the ​sea and ​wind, or fig. not ​controlled and ​living without a ​clearpurpose or ​direction: fig. Hopeful ​actors from ​smalltowns are often adrift in New York.
(Definition of adrift from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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