drift apart


drift apart
verb
lose personal contact over time
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The two women, who had been roommates in college, drifted apart after they got married

Syn: ↑drift away
Hypernyms: ↑estrange, ↑alienate, ↑alien, ↑disaffect
Verb Frames:
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ˌdrift a ˈpart [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they drift apart he/she/it drifts apart present participle drifting apart past tense drifted apart past participle drifted apart] phrasal verb
if two or more people drift apart, their relationship gradually ends
Thesaurus: to end a friendship or relationshipsynonym
Main entry: drift

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drift apart [phrasal verb]
: to stop having a close relationship

They used to be great friends, but they've gradually drifted apart over the years.

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Main Entry:drift

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ˌdrift aˈpart derived
to become less friendly or close to sb

As children we were very close, but as we grew up we just drifted apart.

Main entry:driftderived

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  • drift — [drift] n. [ME (akin to ON & MDu drift, OHG trift) < OE drifan, DRIVE] 1. an act or instance of being driven or carried along, as by a current of air or water or by circumstances 2. the course on which something is directed or driven 3. the… …   English World dictionary

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  • apart — a|part W1S3 [əˈpa:t US a:rt] adv, adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not close/touching)¦ 2¦(in different pieces)¦ 3¦(separate)¦ 4¦(not at same time)¦ 5¦(people)¦ 6 fall apart 7 be torn apart 8 be worlds/poles apart 9 grow/drift apart …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • drift — 1 verb (I) 1 to move slowly on water or in the air (+ out/towards etc): The rubber raft drifted out to sea. 2 (always + adv/prep) to move or go somewhere without any plan or purpose (+ around/along etc): Jenni spent the year drifting around… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • drift — drift1 [ drıft ] verb intransitive ** 1. ) to be pushed along very slowly by the movement of air or water: The boat started to drift out to sea. Thick smoke from a forest fire drifted across the town. a ) if snow or sand drifts, the wind blows it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • drift — I UK [drɪft] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms drift : present tense I/you/we/they drift he/she/it drifts present participle drifting past tense drifted past participle drifted ** 1) to be pushed along very slowly by the movement of air or… …   English dictionary

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