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Origin of drift

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English drift, noun derivative of the Old English verb drīfan drive; cognate with Dutch drift “herd, flock,” German Trift “herd, pasturage, road to pasture”

synonym study for drift

7. See tendency.

OTHER WORDS FROM drift

drift·ing·ly, adverbdriftless, adjectivedrift·less·ness, nounun·drift·ing, adjective
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How to use drift in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for drift

drift
/ (drɪft) /

verb (mainly intr)
noun

Derived forms of drift

drifty, adjective

Word Origin for drift

C13: from Old Norse: snowdrift; related to Old High German trift pasturage
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Other Idioms and Phrases with drift

drift

see get the drift.

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