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1‘his life raft drifted back over the horizon’
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’
wander, wander aimlessly, roam, rove, meander, stray, coast
potter, dawdle, dally
British informal mooch
3‘don't allow your attention to drift’
stray, digress, depart, diverge, veer, swerve, deviate, get sidetracked
4‘snow had drifted deep over the path’
pile up, bank up, heap up, accumulate, gather, form drifts, form heaps, amass
1‘there was a drift from the country to the urban areas’
movement, shift, flow, transfer, transferral, relocation, gravitation
2‘the pilot had not noticed any appreciable drift’
deviation, digression, veering, straying
3‘he caught the drift of her thoughts’
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’
pile, heap, bank, mound, mass, accumulation, dune, ridge
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