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Definition of "adrift" []

  • Drifting or floating freely; not anchored. (adverb)
  • Without direction or purpose: "The report is about people in their twenties and how alienated and adrift they feel” ( Tom Shales). (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "adrift" in a sentence
  • "They're spirits -- ghosts of sailors that drowned as long ago as when that cask went adrift from a sinkin 'ship, an' that's years an 'years, Miss, as anybody can see, lookin' at the size of the barnacles on it."
  • "His first escape attempt was thwarted by the thugs as Phillips remained adrift from the aid and cover of the US Navy, which sat restrained by an administration too cowardly to let slip the dogs of war."
  • "The only thing adrift is budgetary commitment from the former and current President and the lack of an Administrator."