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 driverless (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Cal Fire inspectors are allowed to enter a driveway, much like a mail carrier or delivery truck driver. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California’s not enforcing wildfire-prevention rules for homeowners, leaving tens of thousands of properties vulnerable to big blazes," 7 July 2019 The male driver of the Pilot was transported to an East Valley hospital. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "7-year-old girl dies after Tolleson hit-and-run crash, driver arrested," 7 July 2019 Another vehicle was involved in the crash, but the driver of that vehicle suffered no injuries. Josiah Bates, Time, "Miami Dolphins Player Kendrick Norton Loses Arm After Car Accident," 5 July 2019 The driver of the Focus was taken to Methodist hospital by helicopter, police reports said. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Hancock County head-on crash results in one dead, 5 injured," 4 July 2019 Police said the driver of a green Ford F150 was having trouble with his pickup and stopped in the outside westbound lane of East Hurst Boulevard, near Brown Trail, around 12:30 p.m. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man arrested after fatal crash into motorist who was checking on disabled pickup in Hurst," 4 July 2019 Among them: a May 11 report of a drunken-driving violation in Connecticut accumulated by Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, a truck driver from West Springfield, Massachusetts. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "In wake of deadly N.H. biker crash, thousands of out-of-state traffic notices found untouched in bins," 2 July 2019 How Sikh truck drivers are transforming the American highway. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week," 30 June 2019 Jobs that are projected to have the least growth in the top 10 include tractor-trailer truck driver and network systems engineering jobs (both 6%) and customer-service representative jobs (5%). Sarah Min, CBS News, "Top jobs in 2019: Tech and health care lead the way," 28 June 2019

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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)
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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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