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adrift

a·drift
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-drift]
    • /əˈdrɪft/
    • /əˈdrɪft/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-drift]
    • /əˈdrɪft/

Definitions of adrift word

  • adjective adrift If a boat is adrift, it is floating on the water and is not tied to anything or controlled by anyone. 3
  • adjective adrift If someone is adrift, they feel alone with no clear idea of what they should do. 3
  • adjective adrift If something comes adrift, it is no longer attached to an object that it should be part of. 3
  • graded adjective adrift In sporting competitions, if a team or a player is adrift of their rivals, they are behind them, usually by a specified number of points or by a specified distance. 3
  • graded adjective adrift If something has gone adrift, it is no longer happening in the way that was intended. 3
  • adjective adrift floating without steering or mooring; drifting 3

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Origin of adrift

First appearance:

before 1615
One of the 41% oldest English words
First recorded in 1615-25; a-1 + drift

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Parts of speech for Adrift

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

adrift popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adrift

adv adrift

  • afloat — If someone or something is afloat, they remain partly above the surface of water and do not sink.
  • loose — free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
  • drifting — a driving movement or force; impulse; impetus; pressure.
  • unanchored — any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object, typically having broad, hooklike arms that bury themselves in the bottom to provide a firm hold.
  • unmoored — to loose (a vessel) from moorings or anchorage.

adjective adrift

  • floating — being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
  • free — enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.
  • wandering — moving from place to place without a fixed plan; roaming; rambling: wandering tourists.
  • at loose ends — in an unsettled, disorganized, or confused condition
  • lost — no longer possessed or retained: lost friends.

Antonyms for adrift

adv adrift

  • anchored — any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object, typically having broad, hooklike arms that bury themselves in the bottom to provide a firm hold.
  • stable — a building for the lodging and feeding of horses, cattle, etc.
  • determined — of unwavering mind; resolute; firm
  • purposeful — having a purpose.
  • on target — that is or may be a target or goal: The target group consisted of college graduates who earned more than $50,000 a year.

adjective adrift

  • stationary — standing still; not moving.
  • focused — a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity: The need to prevent a nuclear war became the focus of all diplomatic efforts.

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