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adrift

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/ əˈdrɪft /
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adjective, adverb
floating without control; drifting; not anchored or moored: The survivors were adrift in the rowboat for three days.
lacking aim, direction, or stability.
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Origin of adrift

First recorded in 1615–25; a-1 + drift
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British Dictionary definitions for adrift

adrift
/ (əˈdrɪft) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
floating without steering or mooring; drifting
without purpose; aimless
informal off course or amissthe project went adrift
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