driver

noun
driv·​er | \ ˈdrī-vər \

Definition of driver

: one that drives: such as
a : coachman
b : the operator of a motor vehicle
c : an implement (such as a hammer) for driving
d : a mechanical piece for imparting motion to another piece
e : one that provides impulse or motivation a driver in this economy
f : a golf wood with a nearly straight face used in driving
g : an electronic circuit that supplies input to another electronic circuit also : loudspeaker
h : a piece of computer software that controls input and output operations

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Other Words from driver

driverless \ -​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for driver

Synonyms

automobilist, motorist, wheelman

Antonyms

nondriver

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Examples of driver in a Sentence

Who was the driver at the time of the accident? We told the taxi driver to take us to the library. He likes to sit at the front of the bus, near the driver. There's a problem with the printer's driver.
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The driver takes a quick right turn and starts off-roading, weaving around rocks on a narrow dirt path. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 In addition to removing T-walls, authorities have loosened other security measures, mostly to improve conditions for drivers of the 1.8 million cars registered in Baghdad. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals, is barely functional," 28 Jan. 2019 Not to mention the fact that speeding tickets significantly up the insurance premiums for new drivers (but enough of the lecturing!). Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "7 Driving Tips For Teens That'll Seriously Help You Become a Pro On The Road," 14 Dec. 2018 For drivers, AccuWeather is urging people in the storm's path to stay off the roads this weekend. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "AccuWeather Predicts a Brutal Winter Storm Is Set to Hit the South This Weekend," 6 Dec. 2018 The dog would escape and submit to the random driver of a passing car. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Thing To Do When Your Dog Won't Stay," 24 Dec. 2018 Actual drivers in their normal-sized cars and trucks alongside us ranged from irate to friendly. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, drivers in Spokane, Whitman, Adams, Grant and Kittitas counties should be extra cautious. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "The best times to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to avoid the worst traffic congestion," 20 Nov. 2018 Problem is: Khan doesn't have the power to curb the number of Uber drivers in London. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "London's Mayor Wants to Cap the Number of Uber Drivers in the City," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of driver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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driver

noun

English Language Learners Definition of driver

: a person who drives a car, truck, etc.
: a person whose job is to drive a vehicle (such as a taxi, truck, or bus)
technical : a piece of computer software that controls a device (such as a mouse or printer) that is attached to the computer

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