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

The car owner ran outside, opened the passenger-side door of the vehicle and tried to get the two out, but the driver quickly backed the car out of the spot. Washington Post, "Man accused of trying to steal pedal boat," 18 Sep. 2019 The driver sits in the vehicle and waits for the passenger, who comes running to the vehicle after the fire is ignited, CrimeStoppers said. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Suspects wanted in Prattville arson investigation," 17 Sep. 2019 The boy and his brother were hit by the boat as the driver tried to pull them from the water, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office reported, and the child sustained fatal injuries. Anna Bauman,, "Father arrested after his 11-year-old son is killed in boat accident near Angel Island," 16 Sep. 2019 Many paid tribute to the driver after the news broke, including racer Jesse Little. Eric Todisco,, "NASCAR Driver Mike Stefanik Dies at 61 After Plane Crash," 16 Sep. 2019 The 68-year-old male driver of the vehicle fled the scene following the crash but later was located by Deerfield police and taken into custody, police have said. Steve Sadin,, "Woman killed in hit-and-run crash in Deerfield identified as Evanston resident," 16 Sep. 2019 Speaking on 'The Pat McAfee Show' for DAZN, the former Colts' punter noted the 46-year-old's worries of hurting the team, instead of helping it, as the possible driver that will determine his decision. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Even Pat McAfee isn't sure if Adam Vinatieri will retire," 16 Sep. 2019 Officers evaluated the driver for signs of impairment, according to police, who did not provide further details on the investigation Monday night. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Woman struck by car on Aurora Avenue near Green Lake, seriously injured," 16 Sep. 2019 Bystanders had pulled the driver from the burning car. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Good Samaritans pull injured driver from burning car in Andover, but both drivers die at scene," 15 Sep. 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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