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drift

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of drift

  1. 1 a pile or ridge of granular matter (as sand or snow) deep drifts of snow blocked our driveway Synonyms of drift bar, bank, moundWords Related to drift snowbank, snowdrift; embankment, sandbar; heap, hill, mass, mountain, stack, tuft

  2. 2 a prevailing or general movement or inclination the steady drift of the population away from large cities Synonyms of drift current, direction, trend, leaning, run, tendency, tide, windWords Related to drift curve, downside, shift, swing, turn, turnabout, upside; custom, habit, propensity, tenor, way; countercurrent, countertrend; undercurrent, undertow

  3. 3 the idea that is conveyed or intended to be conveyed to the mind by language, symbol, or action you should expect a visit from the stork, if you get my drift Synonyms of drift content, denotation, meaning, import, intent, intention, purport, sense, significance, significationWords Related to drift connotation; clue, cue, hint, implication, indication, inkling, intimation, suggestion; message, tenor, theme; bottom, essence, essentiality, nature, soul, spirit, stuff; acceptance, acceptation, definition; burden, crux, gist; core, heart, kernel, marrow, nub, nucleus, pith, point, quick; matter, motif, motive, question, subject, topic

Synonym Discussion of drift

tendency, trend, drift, tenor, current mean movement in a particular direction. tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force.
    • a general tendency toward inflation
trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course.
    • the long-term trend of the stock market is upward
drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces
    • the drift of the population away from large cities
or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse.
    • got the drift of her argument
tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course.
    • the tenor of the times
current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course.
    • an encounter that changed the current of my life

drift

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of drift

  1. 1 to move or proceed smoothly and readily casual conversation drifting from one topic to another Synonyms of drift bowl, breeze, brush, coast, cruise, flow, glide, roll, sail, skim, slide, slip, stream, sweep, whiskWords Related to drift fly, race, rush, speedNear Antonyms of drift limp, lumber, plod, stumble, trudge; shamble, shuffle; stamp, stomp, stump, tramp; labor, toilAntonyms of drift flounder, struggle

  2. 2 to rest or move along the surface of a liquid or in the air the boat drifted along on the current Synonyms of drift float, glide, hang, hover, poise, ride, sail, swim, waftWords Related to drift bob, dangle, suspend; buoy; balloon, raftNear Antonyms of drift dive, lunge, plunge; dip, immerse, submerge, submerseAntonyms of drift settle, sink

  3. 3 to move about from place to place aimlessly spent several years drifting from town to town, picking up odd jobs whenever he needed cash Synonyms of drift bat, cruise, wander, float, gad (about), gallivant (also galavant), kick around, knock (about), maunder, meander, mooch, ramble, range, roam, rove, traipseWords Related to drift amble, saunter, stroll; dawdle, mope; gypsy, hobo, tramp, vagabond; mill (about or around); straggle, stray


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