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Synonyms for drift

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drift, impetus, impulsion(noun)

    a force that moves something along

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

  2. drift(noun)

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

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

  3. drift(noun)

    a process of linguistic change over a period of time

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

  4. drift(noun)

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

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

  5. drift, trend, movement(noun)

    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"

    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, purport(noun)

    the pervading meaning or tenor

    "caught the general drift of the conversation"

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

  7. drift, heading, gallery(verb)

    a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

    "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"

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

  8. float, drift, be adrift, blow(verb)

    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"

    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, drift(verb)

    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"

    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, vagabond(verb)

    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"

    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. drift(verb)

    vary or move from a fixed point or course

    "stock prices are drifting higher"

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

  12. freewheel, drift(verb)

    live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

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

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

  13. drift(verb)

    move in an unhurried fashion

    "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"

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

  14. drift(verb)

    cause to be carried by a current

    "drift the boats downstream"

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

  15. drift(verb)

    drive slowly and far afield for grazing

    "drift the cattle herds westwards"

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

  16. drift(verb)

    be subject to fluctuation

    "The stock market drifted upward"

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

  17. drift(verb)

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

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. drift

    tendency, direction, motion, tenor, meaning, purport, object, intention, purpose, scope, aim, result, issue, interence, conclusion, end, course

    aimlessness, pointlessness, vagueness, unmeaningness, indefiniteness, confusedness, aberrancy

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. drift(n.)

    course, bearing, direction

  2. drift(n.)

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

  3. drift(n.)

    (Geol.) diluvium, diluvial formations

  4. drift(n.)

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

  5. drift(v. a.)

    drive into heaps

  6. drift(v. n.)

    float, be wafted

  7. drift(v. n.)

    accumulate in heaps, be driven into heaps

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. drift(n)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    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. William James:

    The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist.

  3. Rich Danker:

    We see ourselves as waging the idea battle on economics, at least to Republican primary voters, it's overrated how much how they drift toward personality. At the end of the day, it's really where the candidates are on policy.

  4. Harry Stine:

    It does not drift at all, that's what sets it apart from other things.

  5. Gabe Somma:

    With every passing hour, the search expands. When you're searching for something in the ocean, tracking the drift patterns and dealing with weather elements -- things are moving.

Translations for drift

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  • انجرافArabic
  • тенденция, течение, дрейф, дрейфувам, нося се, насока, навяванеBulgarian
  • vagarejar, vagarCatalan, Valencian
  • závějCzech
  • driften, treiben, ziellos wandern, zu einen Haufen zusammenwehen, Verwehungen bilden, zu Haufen zusammengeweht werden, Drift, irren, ziellos ziehen, abdriften nach, ziehen nach, sich zu einer Verwehung anhäufenGerman
  • drivi, drivo, drivaĵoEsperanto
  • derrape, ir a la deriva, errar, vagar, derivarSpanish
  • triivEstonian
  • sorto, ajautua, harhailla, ajopuu, kasa, lauma, ajelehtia, sortuma, välys, hortoilla, kuljeskella, ajautuminen, kasaantuma, kasautumaFinnish
  • dévier, dérive, dériver, errerFrench
  • נסחףHebrew
  • भावHindi
  • torsello, punzoneItalian
  • 漂流Japanese
  • dreifētLatvian
  • hū, pārāriki, māeroero, makihoi, tūkōripi, paratai, whakatairangiMāori
  • vandreNorwegian
  • trekkenDutch
  • dryft, zaspaPolish
  • течение, дрейф, сноситься, носиться, сместиться, тенденция, дрейфовать, смещатьсяRussian
  • drift, drivaSwedish
  • trôi dạtVietnamese

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