: designed to allow patrons or customers to be served while remaining in their automobiles
a drive-up window

Examples of drive-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The four-bedroom, 3,200-plus-square-foot residences were thoughtfully designed to function more like separate single-family homes, with completely different drive-up appeal. Dallas Builders Association, Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2023 Five Guys plans to open in the 3,035-square-foot building with a new interior prototype and a drive-up window next spring. Kathy Jumper, al, 13 Aug. 2023 The building itself was a drive-up motel, constructed in the eighties, without modern safety features such as interior hallways and elevators secured by key cards. Bernice Yeung, The New Yorker, 26 July 2023 Among them: Care of Southeastern Michigan's Recovery United Community Center in Fraser offers drive-up naloxone training. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2023 To park there, drive-up customers pay up to $35 per day. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 4 July 2023 The ham and food distribution is a drive-up-and-go style. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2023 Tempe police spoke on Monday about a March 17 drive-up shooting in Tempe that killed a 5-year-old child and left two other children wounded. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2023 Delivery and drive-up are a big part of the business That's a huge part of our business now. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drive-up was in 1949

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“Drive-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drive-up. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: designed to allow customers to be served while remaining in their automobiles
a bank's drive-up window
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