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
Examples of drive in a Sentence
He drove the car down a bumpy road.
Do you want to drive or should I?
He is learning to drive.
The car stopped and then drove off.
A car drove by us slowly.
The bus slowly drove away.
We drove all night and arrived at dawn.
We drove 160 miles to get here.
I drive on this route every day.
I drive this route every day. Noun
It's a two-hour drive to the beach.
Her house is an hour's drive east of Los Angeles.
We took a pleasant drive in the country.
Would you like to go for a drive?
A white car was parked in the drive. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Next year could be worse, the scientists said, as El Niño’s impacts are likely to peak this winter and drive higher temperatures in 2024.—Reuters, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 If posted, Williams will be on electronic monitoring and won't be able to drive or possess or consume any alcohol.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2023 Of course, such a turn of events has not been driven benignly.—Harry G. Broadman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 And after years of allowing criticism in the interest of allowing good-faith debates, Francis has come to the conclusion that some of the invective is simply politically and ideologically driven.—Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Curiosity is really one of the values that we are driven by.—Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 30 Nov. 2023 Most car enthusiasts have libraries devoted to automotive marques, the people who created them, or the motorsport heroes who drove them.—Robert Ross, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 They’re kind of driven by the lick and the vibes that Charlie creates.—Chris Willman, Variety, 30 Nov. 2023 New car registrations in Europe rose in October, driven by demand in France, Italy and Spain, and a jump in fully-electric vehicle sales.—David Sachs, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023
One of drive, skill, and physicality, and the two midfielders both possess the engine to return to their defensive positions quickly when needed.—James Nalton, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 Potentially more significant are subsidies paid to companies that manufacture batteries in the United States, part of a drive by the Biden administration to establish a domestic supply chain and reduce dependence on China.—Jack Ewing, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2023 The layoffs are part of drive to cut $5.5 billion in costs across Disney, Iger said.—Julian Mark, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2023 The 10,200-square-foot home sits at the end of a private drive.—People Staff, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2023 Details sent to the company included the health and read / write values of the drive using CrystalDiskInfo, which is a program that can read the SMART data embedded in most hard disks.—Umar Shakir, The Verge, 7 Feb. 2023 As part of the drive for efficiency, NHS managers were pressured to keep bed vacancies low.—David Luhnow, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2023 America's employers added a robust 517,000 jobs in January, a surprisingly strong gain in the face of the Federal Reserve's aggressive drive to slow growth and tame inflation with higher interest rates.—CBS News, 3 Feb. 2023 Then Hepburn came alive with a pair of three-pointers and crafty drive to help UW take a 35-34 lead with 11:32 left.—Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, 28 Jan. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English, from Old English drīfan; akin to Old High German trīban to drive