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

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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First Known Use of driver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Driver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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