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Synonyms for drift
drɪftdrift

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drift, impetus, impulsionnoun

    a force that moves something along

    Synonyms:
    trend, impetus, movement, heading, purport, impulsion, gallery, impulse

  2. driftnoun

    the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)

    Synonyms:
    gallery, impulsion, heading, impetus, trend, purport, movement

  3. driftnoun

    a process of linguistic change over a period of time

    Synonyms:
    gallery, impulsion, heading, impetus, trend, purport, movement

  4. driftnoun

    a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents

    Synonyms:
    gallery, impulsion, heading, impetus, trend, purport, movement

  5. drift, trend, movementnoun

    a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

    "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"

    Synonyms:
    impulsion, apparent motion, bm, effort, vogue, front, purport, trend, drive, tendency, gallery, move, movement, campaign, style, apparent movement, motion, cause, social movement, bowel movement, impetus, crusade, motility, course, heading

  6. drift, purportnoun

    the pervading meaning or tenor

    "caught the general drift of the conversation"

    Synonyms:
    trend, impetus, movement, heading, purport, spirit, impulsion, gallery, intent

  7. drift, heading, galleryverb

    a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

    "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"

    Synonyms:
    trend, picture gallery, head, header, art gallery, bearing, impetus, movement, heading, aim, purport, veranda, impulsion, gallery, verandah

  8. float, drift, be adrift, blowverb

    be in motion due to some air or water current

    "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"

    Synonyms:
    swash, rove, vagabond, botch, ramble, bungle, muck up, range, mishandle, bumble, botch up, brag, stray, blow, tout, burn out, screw up, suck, gasconade, roll, fumble, flub, fellate, cast, ball up, err, freewheel, bollocks, wander, shoot a line, mess up, shove off, waste, louse up, bollocks up, float, gas, bollix, bluster, vaunt, swan, muff, tramp, blow out, swim, foul up, boast, fluff, bobble, go down on, be adrift, shove along, bollix up, squander, spoil, roam, bodge

  9. stray, err, driftverb

    wander from a direct course or at random

    "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course"

    Synonyms:
    ramble, rove, range, stray, divagate, err, cast, roam, be adrift, swan, roll, digress, wander, slip, freewheel, blow, tramp, mistake, vagabond, float

  10. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabondverb

    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

    "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"

    Synonyms:
    roam, project, hustle, wrap, verify, spue, redact, affirm, draw, cast off, wave, array, assert, wander, cheat on, mold, float, cast, put, twine, slog, turn over, avow, cheat, throw away, frame, place, roll up, seethe, pasture, crop, vomit up, browse, chuck, mould, roll, throw up, contrive, retch, purge, rate, betray, tramp, disgorge, swear, plod, meander, flap, blow, lay out, pad, shed, wheel, shake off, barf, graze, weave, stray, wind, range, vagabond, swan, rank, grade, couch, thread, pluck, freewheel, rove, be adrift, ramble, regurgitate, cuckold, throw off, straddle, throw, cat, vomit, ramble on, revolve, order, hurtle, spew, honk, roll out, regorge, drop, set out, aver, run, jog, hurl, trudge, err, upchuck, footslog, be sick, undulate, digress, sick, divagate, puke

  11. driftverb

    vary or move from a fixed point or course

    "stock prices are drifting higher"

    Synonyms:
    be adrift, cast, ramble, stray, tramp, float, roll, roam, range, err, rove, blow, vagabond, wander, swan, freewheel

  12. freewheel, driftverb

    live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

    "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"

    Synonyms:
    rove, range, stray, ramble, err, cast, roam, be adrift, swan, roll, wander, freewheel, blow, tramp, vagabond, float

  13. driftverb

    move in an unhurried fashion

    "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"

    Synonyms:
    be adrift, cast, ramble, stray, tramp, float, roll, roam, range, err, rove, blow, vagabond, wander, swan, freewheel

  14. driftverb

    cause to be carried by a current

    "drift the boats downstream"

    Synonyms:
    be adrift, cast, ramble, stray, tramp, float, roll, roam, range, err, rove, blow, vagabond, wander, swan, freewheel

  15. driftverb

    drive slowly and far afield for grazing

    "drift the cattle herds westwards"

    Synonyms:
    be adrift, cast, ramble, stray, tramp, float, roll, roam, range, err, rove, blow, vagabond, wander, swan, freewheel

  16. driftverb

    be subject to fluctuation

    "The stock market drifted upward"

    Synonyms:
    be adrift, cast, ramble, stray, tramp, float, roll, roam, range, err, rove, blow, vagabond, wander, swan, freewheel

  17. driftverb

    be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current

    "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"

    Synonyms:
    be adrift, cast, ramble, stray, tramp, float, roll, roam, range, err, rove, blow, vagabond, wander, swan, freewheel

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. driftnoun

    Synonyms:
    course, bearing, direction

  2. driftnoun

    Synonyms:
    aim, purpose, intention, intent, proposal, design, scope, tendency, object, mark

  3. driftnoun

    Synonyms:
    (Geol.) diluvium, diluvial formations

  4. driftnoun

    Synonyms:
    (Mining.) passage (under ground, between shafts)

  5. driftverb

    Synonyms:
    drive into heaps

  6. driftverb

    Synonyms:
    float, be wafted

  7. driftverb

    Synonyms:
    accumulate in heaps, be driven into heaps

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. driftnoun

    Synonyms:
    course, direction, bearing, tendency, aim, intention intent, design, import, meaning, accumulation, heap, bank, pile, diluvium

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "drift":

    drifting, adrift, punch, coaster, derive, leeway, deviation, tendency

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How to use drift in a sentence?

  1. Paul Smith:

    (Technology) is changing the industry. People can see they're not going to make as much money as they used to (and will) work harder for less, the whole drift of regulation is that it's harder to make money in the financial world.

  2. Donald Tusk:

    There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all, most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together, not drift apart.

  3. Alan Gayle:

    Gradualism for rate increases is a soothing message for the market, september remains on the table, but the downward drift in the forecasts for next year means the increases will happen gradually, and that's a relief for investors.

  4. David Cockfield:

    We're into a resistance zone here, a little sideways moment, maybe even a drift down, is probably justified here.

  5. Terry Torrison:

    We've had a great run-up in the last few weeks and we're now just starting to pause for a bit on the markets, i don't think Draghi will say much apart from his usual dovish rhetoric, and I think markets could drift back down after the ECB today.


Translations for drift

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  • انجرافArabic
  • тенденция, навяване, течение, насока, дрейф, дрейфувам, нося сеBulgarian
  • vagarejar, vagarCatalan, Valencian
  • závějCzech
  • irren, driften, ziellos ziehen, abdriften nach, Drift, ziehen nach, sich zu einer Verwehung anhäufen, zu Haufen zusammengeweht werden, Verwehungen bilden, zu einen Haufen zusammenwehen, ziellos wandern, treibenGerman
  • drivaĵo, drivi, drivoEsperanto
  • derivar, errar, ir a la deriva, derrape, vagarSpanish
  • triivEstonian
  • kasaantuma, kuljeskella, ajautua, ajautuminen, hortoilla, välys, lauma, harhailla, sortuma, ajelehtia, sorto, kasa, ajopuu, kasautumaFinnish
  • dérive, dériver, errer, dévierFrench
  • נסחףHebrew
  • भावHindi
  • torsello, punzoneItalian
  • 漂流Japanese
  • dreifētLatvian
  • makihoi, tūkōripi, whakatairangi, hū, māeroero, paratai, pārārikiMāori
  • vandreNorwegian
  • trekkenDutch
  • zaspa, dryftPolish
  • смещаться, дрейфовать, тенденция, течение, дрейф, сместиться, носиться, сноситьсяRussian
  • drift, drivaSwedish
  • trôi dạtVietnamese

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