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


automobilist, motorist, wheelman



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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 density of traffic changes in response to these issues as drivers hit the brakes and bunch up in slow-moving traffic. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "Going With the Flow of Traffic," 9 Nov. 2018 Harvick was docked 40 driver points, and Stewart-Haas Racing was docked 40 owner points as well. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Harvick’s championship berth spoiled by NASCAR inspectors," 7 Nov. 2018 Tesla is still missing a critical safety feature: active driver monitoring. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot is like Waze on steroids," 6 Nov. 2018 Ten showcases/performances (one for each finalist) were presented in the most creative of ways: from the choir outfitted in Pyer Moss to Cirque du Soleil acrobatics dressed in Jonathan Cohen to chic Vespa drivers sporting Rebecca de Ravenel. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala Dinner," 6 Nov. 2018 Uber, which shut down its driverless vehicle testing program to conduct an internal review of its safety procedures, also released a safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers inside of each test vehicle. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Viral game-show app HQ Trivia faces some existential questions," 5 Nov. 2018 There are a few nonpartisan tools that connect voters with drivers. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in the Midterm Elections," 2 Nov. 2018 Taxi drivers won’t rip you off, and no one will jack up the price at a restaurant or shop. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 The benefit of shorter drives will come for a price, however: Permits are necessary for private drivers to use the bridge, and officials hope the surge in demand will help recoup some of the massive outlay spent on the construction project. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "China Opens Gargantuan 34-Mile Mega Bridge," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of driver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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)

: 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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