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drive

play
verb \ ˈdrīv \

Definition of drive

drove play \ˈdrōv\; driven play \ˈdri-vən\; driving play \ˈdrī-viŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :to frighten or prod (game, cattle, etc.) into moving in a desired direction
  • drive cattle across the prairie
b hunting :to go through (an area) driving game animals
  • drive the other side of the mountain
2 :to carry on or through energetically
  • drives a hard bargain
3 a :to impart a forward motion to by physical force
  • Waves drove the boat ashore.
  • drive the nail into the beam
b :to repulse, remove, or cause to go by force, authority, or influence
  • drive the enemy back
c :to set or keep in motion or operation
  • drive machinery by electricity
d basketball :to move quickly and forcefully down or along
  • drive the lane
  • drive the baseline
4 a :to direct the motions and course of (a draft animal)
  • drive an ox
b :to operate the mechanism and controls and direct the course of (a vehicle)
  • drive a car
c :to convey in a vehicle
  • His father drove me home.
d :to float (logs) down a stream
5 a :to exert inescapable or coercive pressure on :force
  • driven by his passions
b :to compel to undergo or suffer a change (as in situation or emotional state)
  • drove him crazy
  • drove her out of business
c :to urge relentlessly to continuous exertion
  • the sergeant drove his recruits
d :to press or force into an activity, course, or direction
  • The drug habit drives addicts to steal.
e :to project, inject, or impress incisively
  • drove her point home
6 mining :to force (a passage) by pressing or digging
  • drive a tunnel
7 a :to propel (an object of play) swiftly or forcefully
  • drove a long fly ball to the warning track
b golf :to hit (a ball) from the tee especially with a driver (see driver f)
  • drove the ball down the fairway
; also :to drive a golf ball onto (a green)
c baseball :to cause (a run or runner) to be scored (see 2score 4a(2)) usually used with in
  • drove him in with a single
8 :to give shape or impulse to
  • factors that drive the business cycle
  • the ideas that have driven history
intransitive verb
1 a :to dash, plunge, or surge ahead rapidly or violently
  • rudely drove past her
b :to progress with strong momentum
  • the rain was driving hard
c basketball :to make a quick and forceful move
  • driving to the hoop
2 a :to operate a vehicle
  • learned to drive at the age of seventeen
b :to have oneself carried in a vehicle
  • drove to Canada as a kid
3 golf :to drive a golf ball
  • drove down the fairway

drivability

or less commonly driveability play \ˌdrī-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

drivable

or less commonly driveable play \ˈdrī-və-bəl\ adjective
drive at
:to intend to express, convey, or accomplish
  • couldn't understand what she was driving at

Examples of drive in a Sentence

  1. He drove the car down a bumpy road.

  2. Do you want to drive or should I?

  3. He is learning to drive.

  4. The car stopped and then drove off.

  5. A car drove by us slowly.

  6. The bus slowly drove away.

  7. We drove all night and arrived at dawn.

  8. We drove 160 miles to get here.

  9. I drive on this route every day.

  10. I drive this route every day.

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Origin and Etymology of drive

Middle English, from Old English drīfan; akin to Old High German trīban to drive

drive Synonyms

Synonyms
herd, punch, run
Antonyms
cut, cut out, deactivate, kill, shut off, turn off
Related Words
shepherd; wrangle; egg, exhort, flog, goad, hound, press, prick, prod, prompt, scourge, spur, whip
Near Antonyms
allow, let, permit; argue, convince, induce, move, persuade, prevail (on or upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)

Synonym Discussion of drive

move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position.
    • moved the furniture
actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion.
    • turbines actuated by waterpower
drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus.
    • a ship driven aground by hurricane winds
impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus.
    • a candidate impelled by ambition

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drive

noun, often attributive

Definition of drive

1 :an act of driving:
a :a trip in a carriage or automobile
  • a short drive to the coast
b :an instance of collecting and moving animals (such as game or cattle) together in a desired direction; also :the animals gathered and driven (see 1drive transitive 1a)
c :a driving of cattle or sheep overland
d :a hunt or shoot in which the game is driven within the hunter's range
e :the guiding of logs downstream to a mill; also :the floating logs amassed in a drive
f (1) :the act or an instance of propelling an object of play (such as a golf ball) swiftly or forcefully
(2) :the flight of a ball
  • a high drive to left field
2 a :a private road :driveway
b :a public road for driving (as in a park)
3 :the state of being hurried and under pressure
  • elude the ruthless drive of work and worry
  • —S. H. Adams
4 a :a strong systematic group effort
  • a fund-raising drive
b :a sustained offensive (see 1offensive 1) effort
  • the drive ended in a touchdown
5 a mechanical engineering :the means for giving motion to a machine or machine part
b :the means by which the propulsive power of an automobile is applied to the road
  • front wheel drive
c :the means by which the propulsion of an automotive vehicle is controlled and directed
  • a left-hand drive
6 a :an offensive, aggressive, or expansionist move; especially :a strong military attack against enemy-held terrain
b basketball :a quick and aggressive move toward the basket
7 a biology :an urgent, basic, or instinctual need :a motivating physiological condition of an organism
  • a sexual drive
b :an impelling culturally acquired concern, interest, or longing
  • the drive to succeed
c :dynamic quality
  • his drive and enthusiasm overcame all obstacles
  • Times Literary Supplement
8 computers :a device for reading or writing on media (such as magnetic tape or optical disks)

Examples of drive in a Sentence

  1. It's a two-hour drive to the beach.

  2. Her house is an hour's drive east of Los Angeles.

  3. We took a pleasant drive in the country.

  4. Would you like to go for a drive?

  5. A white car was parked in the drive.

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Origin and Etymology of drive

see 1drive

Other Wood Production Terms


DRIVE Defined for English Language Learners

drive

play
verb

Definition of drive for English Language Learners

  • : to direct the movement of (a car, truck, bus, etc.)

  • of a car, truck, etc. : to move in a specified manner or direction

  • : to travel in a car


drive

noun

Definition of drive for English Language Learners

  • : a journey in a car

  • : a hard area or small road outside of a house where cars can be parked

  • : an effort made by a group of people to achieve a goal, to collect money, etc.


DRIVE Defined for Kids

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drive

play
verb \ ˈdrīv \

Definition of drive for Students

drove \ˈdrōv\; driven \ˈdri-vən\; driving \ˈdrī-viŋ\
1 :to direct the movement of
  • drive a car
2 :to go or carry in a vehicle
  • drive into town
  • Mom drove me to school.
3 :to move using force
  • … he used his greater strength to drive the young mouse backwards.
  • —Brian Jacques, Redwall
4 :to push in with force
  • drive a nail
5 :to set or keep in motion or operation
  • The machines are driven by electricity.
6 :to carry through
  • drive a bargain
7 :to force to work or to act
  • The peasants were driven by hunger to steal.
8 :to bring into a particular condition
  • That noise is driving me crazy!

driver

\ˈdrī-vər\ noun

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drive

noun

Definition of drive for Students

1 :a trip in a vehicle
3 :an often scenic public road
4 :an organized effort to achieve a goal
  • a fund-raising drive
5 :a strong natural need or desire
  • the drive to eat
6 :energy and determination to succeed
7 :an act of leading animals in a group to another place
  • a cattle drive
8 :the means for making a machine or machine part move
9 :a device in a computer that can read information off and copy information onto disks or tape
  • a disk drive

Medical Dictionary

drive

play
noun \ ˈdrīv \

medical Definition of drive

1 :an urgent, basic, or instinctual need :a motivating physiological condition of the organism
  • a sexual drive
2 :an impelling culturally acquired concern, interest, or longing
  • a drive for perfection


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