Synonyms of drift
1 floatDictionary • We proceeded to drift along the river.
float • barges floating quietly by the grassy river banks
coast • I slipped into neutral gear and coasted down the slope.
sail • We got into the lift and sailed to the top floor.
slide • She slipped and slid downhill on her backside.
glide • Waiters glide between tightly packed tables.
waft • The scent of roses wafted through the open window.
be carried along
2 wanderDictionary • People drifted around the room.
wander • He wandered aimlessly around the garden.
stroll • We strolled back, put the kettle on and settled down.
stray • A railway line crosses the park so children must not be allowed to stray.
roam • They were encouraged not to let their cattle roam freely.
meander • We meandered along the Irish country roads.
rove • roving about the town in the dead of night
range • They range widely in search of carrion.
straggle • They came straggling up the cliff road.
stravaig (Scottish, Northern England, dialect)
3 strayDictionary • I let my attention drift.
stray • Anyway, as usual, we seem to have strayed from the point.
wander • She allowed her mind to wander to other things.
digress • She digressed from the matter under discussion.
go off at a tangent
get off the point
4 pile upDictionary • The snow, except where it drifted, was only calf-deep.
pile up • Her mail had piled up inside the front door.
gather • She started gathering up her things.
accumulate • Lead can accumulate in the body until toxic levels are reached.
amass • We didn't enquire as to how he had amassed his fortune.
1 shiftDictionary • the drift towards the cities
shift • There has been a shift of the elderly to this state.
movement • The meeting seems to have produced no movement on either side.
transfer • Arrange for the transfer of medical records to your new doctor.
2 pileDictionary • A boy was trapped in a snow drift.
pile • a pile of books
bank • resting indolently upon a grassy bank
mass • On his desk is a mass of books and papers.
heap • a heap of bricks
mound • huge mounds of dirt
accumulation • accumulations of dirt
3 meaningDictionary • She was beginning to get his drift.
meaning • I became more aware of the symbols and their meanings.
point • You have missed the main point of my argument.
gist • He related the gist of his conversation to us.
aim • a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
direction • They threatened a mass walk-out if the party did not change direction.
object • The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
import • I have already spoken about the import of his speech.
intention • He announced his intention of standing for parliament.
implication • The implication was obvious: vote for us or you'll be sorry.
tendency • the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
thrust • The main thrust of the film is its examination of religious values.
tenor • The whole tenor of discussions has changed.
purport • The purport of his speech was obvious.
4 trendDictionary • their fears at what they see as a drift towards economic chaos
trend • a trend towards part-time employment
course • In the course of the 1930s steel production in Britain approximately doubled.
current • A strong current of nationalism is running through the country.
flow • watching the quiet flow of the olive-green water
rush • A rush of affection swept over him.
PHRASAL VERB:▷ drift off
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accumulateWhen you accumulate things or when they accumulate, they collect or are gathered over a period of time.
• Lead can accumulate in the body until toxic levels are reached.
accumulationAn accumulation of something is a large number of things which have been collected together or acquired over a period of time.
• accumulations of dirt
aimThe aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve.
• a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
Thesaurus for drift from the Collins English Thesaurus
to be carried along by or as if by currents of air or water or (of a current) to carry (a vessel, etc) along
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