Synonyms of drift in English:

drift


See definition of drift

verb

1‘his life raft drifted back over the horizon’

SYNONYMS

be carried, be carried along, be carried away, be borne, be wafted

float, bob, move slowly, go with the current, coast, meander

2‘the guests drifted away from the centre of the room’

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wander, wander aimlessly, roam, rove, meander, stray, coast

potter, dawdle, dally

British informal mooch

3‘don't allow your attention to drift’

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stray, digress, depart, diverge, veer, swerve, deviate, get sidetracked

rare divagate

4‘snow had drifted deep over the path’

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pile up, bank up, heap up, accumulate, gather, form drifts, form heaps, amass


noun

1‘there was a drift from the country to the urban areas’

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movement, shift, flow, transfer, transferral, relocation, gravitation

2‘the pilot had not noticed any appreciable drift’

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deviation, digression, veering, straying

3‘he caught the drift of her thoughts’

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gist, essence, core, meaning, sense, thesis, substance, significance, signification

thrust, import, purport, tenor, vein, spirit

implication, intention, direction, course, tendency, trend

4‘a drift of deep snow’

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pile, heap, bank, mound, mass, accumulation, dune, ridge


Phrases

    drift off

      ‘again, I felt myself drifting off’

      SYNONYMS

      doze off, drop off, fall asleep, go to sleep

      nod off, go off, crash, crash out, flake out