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



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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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Car racing fans posted their condolences to the family of the driver as well. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Morton Grove race car driver killed in Sycamore Speedway crash," 14 July 2018 Deputies responded to a call at the intersection of State Road 7 and Victoria Grove Boulevard at 3 a.m. June 27 regarding a man in the middle of the road attempting to open the car doors of at least one driver. Austen Erblat,, "Wellington, Royal Palm Beach area crime log: June 15-30," 13 July 2018 Uber uses Microsoft’s facial-recognition technology to confirm the identity of drivers using its app. Scott Thurm, WIRED, "Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 Smith said in light of the shortage of bus drivers many districts face. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin-area school districts still looking for bus drivers but don't expect start-of-school problems," 12 July 2018 Juana’s journey included a total of eight drivers over five days. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Eight drivers, five days: A migrant’s emotional journey to find her daughter," 11 July 2018 The experiment used a fleet of 36 drivers in three lanes on a closed high-speed test track. Mark Phelan,, "3 tips to easing frustration and traffic," 9 July 2018 Another volunteer coordinated a cross-country caravan of drivers to help the mom make it to New York. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Strangers raise $43K to help migrant mothers reunite with separated children," 9 July 2018 The charge stems from a road rage incident on the Dallas North Tollway in Plano on Oct. 20 in which White brandished a gun at a fellow driver. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Cowboys' White faces assault charges for brandishing gun in road rage incident; attorney says he's innocent," 9 July 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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