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Definition of adrift adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    adrift

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//əˈdrɪft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈdrɪft//
     
    [not before noun] Loneliness, Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1if a boat or a person in a boat is adrift, the boat is not tied to anything or is floating without being controlled by anyone The survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for six days. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2(of a person) feeling alone and without a direction or an aim in life young people adrift in the big city See related entries: Loneliness
  3. 3no longer attached or fixed in the right position I nearly suffocated when the pipe on my breathing apparatus came adrift. (figurative) She had been cut adrift from everything she had known. (figurative) Our plans had gone badly adrift.
  4. 4adrift (of somebody/something) (especially British English) (in sport) behind the score or position of your opponents The team are now just six points adrift of the leaders.
  5. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from a-, ‘on, in’ + drift.Extra examples I nearly suffocated when the pipe of my breathing apparatus came adrift. She felt cast adrift in a vulgar, materialistic society. The team are now just six points adrift of the leaders= behind their score. Their boat had been set adrift.Idioms
    cast/set somebody adrift
     
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    [usually passive] to leave somebody to be carried away on a boat that is not being controlled by anyone (figurative) Without language human beings are cast adrift.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: adrift