drift

drift
I. drift drift 1 [drɪft] verb [intransitive]
to go slowly up or down in value, without any particular direction:

• London shares drifted in the absence of a statement from the Treasury.

• The dollar drifted lower against other major currencies in thin trading.

• The pound drifted down again yesterday.

• The Nasdaq Composite Index drifted higher throughout the session to close with a gain of 1.27%.

  [m0] II. drift drift 2 noun [countable]
a slow change or development from one situtation, opinion etc to another:
drift to/​towards

• The drift towards recession started when the slump in the service sector became as bad as the slump in manufacturing.

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drift UK US /drɪft/ verb [I]
FINANCE to slowly go up or down in value with no particular control over direction: drift lower/down/downwards »

The airline's shares drifted down 15 cents at $5.80.

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drift higher/up

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drift UK US /drɪft/ noun [S or U]
FINANCE a slow change in value, with no particular control over direction: an upward/downward drift in sth »

The downward drift in copper prices looks set to continue.

a slow development or change from one situation to another: drift away from sth »

The company is not seeing evidence of any drift away from its premium brands.

drift to/toward sth »

There has been general unease about the drift toward a culture of selling, marketing, and consumerism.

a slow movement from one place to another: a drift from sth to sth »

The population drift from the cities to the suburbs adds significantly to car use.

See also WAGE DRIFT(Cf. ↑wage drift)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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