Definition of "drift" [drift]

  • (verb-intransitive) To be carried along by currents of air or water: a balloon drifting eastward; as the wreckage drifted toward shore.
  • (verb-intransitive) To proceed or move unhurriedly and smoothly: drifting among the party guests.
  • (verb-intransitive) To move leisurely or sporadically from place to place, especially without purpose or regular employment: a day laborer, drifting from town to town.
  • (verb-intransitive) To wander from a set course or point of attention; stray.
  • (verb-intransitive) To vary from or oscillate randomly about a fixed setting, position, or mode of operation.

Use "drift" in a sentence

  • "A big part of the policy story is what we call "drift" - the deliberate failure to update policies to reflect changing economic realities despite viable and popular alternatives due to the pressure of those benefiting from such calculated inaction."
  • "The old and discredited neo-conservatives like Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bolton and Jeb Bush sought to link domestic controversies surrounding the Clinton administration to what they described as a drift in American foreign and defense policy."
  • "I have dived myself there in the Netherland Antilles, and we did what you call drift diving, where it carries you along, the water does, because there ` s a very heavy current."

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