adrift

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adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈdrift \

Definition of adrift

1 :without motive power and without anchor or mooring
  • a boat adrift on the sea
2 :without ties, guidance, or security
  • people morally adrift
3 :free from restraint or support

First Known Use of adrift

1578



ADRIFT Defined for English Language Learners

adrift

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adjective

Definition of adrift for English Language Learners

  • 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.


ADRIFT Defined for Kids

adrift

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adverb or adjective \ ə-ˈdrift \

Definition of adrift for Students

:in a drifting state
  • a ship adrift in the storm
  • Boats floated adrift.


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