driv·​er | \ ˈdrī-vər How to pronounce driver (audio) \

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 \ ˈdrī-​vər-​ləs How to pronounce driver (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for driver



  • 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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Recent Examples on the Web Though the investigation is still ongoing, driver impairment has been ruled out. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 Ahead of the three-week stint spent racing and qualifying at IMS last month, Team Penske had registered all four runner-up performances thus far with five total podiums – with every driver producing at least one. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2021 The latest upgrade to the Uber driver and rider apps' GPS should make the pickup process run smoother and is set to be fully rolled out in the U.S. by the end of the month. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 The company will announce plans Thursday to give the nonprofit advocacy group, perhaps best known for its driver-safety initiatives, the funds to conduct research and develop technology to reduce musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Another driver called in the wrong-way car just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Carlsbad Police Department statement. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2021 The day’s final stage was also the most spectacular, from both a visual perspective and for driver engagement. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 9 June 2021 This level of acceleration should require more driver skill, some rare manual dexterity lacking in Joe Commuter. Ben Oliver, Car and Driver, 7 June 2021 Police list four women, including the suspect, the victim, driver Leah King, and passenger Ashley Burden, as being inside a 2019 Jaguar SUV with Georgia plates when the shooting took place, according to the report. NBC News, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of driver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of driver was in the 14th century

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13 Jun 2021

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“Driver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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)
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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