drift verb

1 be carried along by the wind/water

ADV. slowly | helplessly Cold and hungry, they drifted helplessly towards the Arctic. | downriver, downstream, downwind The boat drifted slowly downstream. | along, back, down, out

PREP. from, to, towards, etc. drifting out to sea

2 move slowly/without purpose

ADV. aimlessly | slowly | quietly, silently | about, around/round, apart, away, back, down, off, up Voices drifted up through the floorboards.

VERB + DRIFT begin to | seem to | allow sth to He allowed his thoughts to drift back to his conversation with Carrie.

PREP. about/around/round He spent the day drifting aimlessly about the house. | across She drifted across the room to where we were standing. | between She began to drift between sleep and wakefulness. | from We seem to be drifting away from the point. | in, into He drifted into teaching, but never really enjoyed it. | out of He drifted in and out of consciousness.