1) ADJ: v-link ADJ, v n ADJ If a boat is adrift, it is floating on the water and is not tied to anything or controlled by anyone.

They were spotted after three hours adrift in a dinghy.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, v n ADJ If someone is adrift, they feel alone with no clear idea of what they should do.

Amy had the growing sense that she was adrift and isolated.

3) ADJ: v-link ADJ, ADJ after v If something comes adrift, it is no longer attached to an object that it should be part of. [BRIT]

Three insulating panels had come adrift from the base of the vehicle.

4) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ of n 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. [BRIT]

Aberdeen are nine points adrift of Rangers at the top of the Scottish League.

5) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ If something has gone adrift, it is no longer happening in the way that was intended.

We have seen this as an attempt to place the blame for a policy that has gone adrift.


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