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adrift

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈdrift\

Simple Definition of adrift

  • of a boat : floating on the water without being tied to anything or controlled by anyone

  • : without guidance, purpose, or support

  • : behind by a specified amount in a race, competition, etc.

Full Definition of adrift

  1. 1 :  without motive power and without anchor or mooring <a boat adrift on the sea>

  2. 2 :  without ties, guidance, or security <people morally adrift>

  3. 3 :  free from restraint or support

1624

First Known Use of adrift

1624



ADRIFT Defined for Kids

adrift

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈdrift\

Definition of adrift

  1. :  in a drifting state <a ship adrift in the storm> <Boats floated adrift.>





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