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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)
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