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Be Adrift

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb be adrift:

driftfloatblow

Definition of the verb be adrift

What does be adrift mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. be in motion due to some air or water current
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of be adrift: blow / drift / float
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
    • more specific words:
      • waft = be driven or carried along, as by the air
      • tide = be carried with the tide
      • stream = to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Be Adrift

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Google previewIñupiatun Uqaluit Taniktun Sivuninit/Iñupiaq to English Dictionary (2014)

by Edna MacLean

to be adrift on an ice floe, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Jazz Age: From the End of World War I to the Great Crash (2015)

From the End of World War I to the Great Crash by James Ciment

City families appeared to be adrift in a sea of urbanization, materialism, individualism, changing gender relationships, and self promotion. Family bonds were further challenged by the desire or necessity of married women to work outside the ...

Google previewDictionary of the Efïk Language, in Two Parts (1862)

I. Efïk and English, II. English and Efïk by Hugh Goldie

To be adrift. Ubiim ofiarii, T/ie canoe is adrift. 3. To spread, as water thrown on the ground; to be spilled. Adan, v., mm bfiarii ke isori, The oil, or ribn is spilt on the ground. 4. Trap. To be adrift ; left to one's shifts, or without any steady pursuit of ...

Google previewDictionary of the Efïk language, (1874)

in two parts. I.- Efïk and English. II.- English and Efïk

To be adrift. TJbiim ofiara, The canoe is adrift. 3. To spread, as water thrown on the ground; to be spilled. Adan, v., m'in ofiara ke ison, The oil, or rum is spilt on the ground. 4. Trap. To be adrift ; left to one's shifts, or withont any steady pursuit of ...

Google previewA Dictionary in Hindee and English (1870)

by Joseph T. Thompson

To be adrift, discharged, got rid of, to be let go or let off, to be left or abandoned, to slip (from , to escape, to be liberated, loose, dishevelled ( the hair), to cease, to get loose, to leave, remain, slip away, to be dismissed.

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In this case it appealed to me partly because it felt close to me in some ways. This is about a confused, bewildered middle class Englishman adrift in smalltown America and that has definitely been me. (Colin Firth)
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