Meaning of “drift” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /drɪft/
drift across/down/towards, etc

to be moved slowly somewhere by currents of wind or water:

Smoke drifted across the rooftops.
The boat drifted towards the beach.
drift in/out/into, etc

to move somewhere slowly:

Guests were drifting out onto the terrace.

to get into a situation or job without having any particular plan:

He drifted into acting after university.
SNOW [ I ]

If snow or leaves drift, they are blown into piles by the wind.

(Definition of “drift verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)