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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The resident told police $1,400 in cash, credit cards, a driver’s license and other items were missing from the Lexus. Kimberly Fornek,, "Police blotter: Burr Ridge officers follow suspects in eight car burglaries onto I-55 before losing them," 14 July 2018 The California Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding Saturday service to alleviate long wait times for driver license and other services at its field offices. Kathleen Pender,, "California DMV will expand Saturday hours to trim interminable waits," 13 July 2018 Police arrested the driver of the truck carrying the boulder, Joe P. Czeck, on Wednesday. Alexia Fernandez,, "Mother and Daughter Killed After Boulder Falls Off a Truck Crushing Their Car, Driver Arrested," 13 July 2018 But that claim contradicted the officer’s own account, which noted T.D. had no valid driver’s license and was driving a BMW with temporary tags. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 Vehicle theft 2200 block of Northwest Fourth Avenue in Wilton Manors, June 16, 4:13 p.m. Someone broke into his vehicle and stole five credit cards, a debit card, checkbook and his driver’s license. Dan White,, "Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park area crime reports," 11 July 2018 Missing from her wallet were her driver’s license, four credit cards, an AAA card and cash., "Crime Report: Burglary victim believes thief accessed home by using garage door remote control," 11 July 2018 The removable table is stored behind the driver seat, and this seating area transforms into a large sleeping space at night. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 Members of the program go through a six month program that includes daily check-ins with a case manager, getting a job and obtaining a driver’s license. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "Young California mayor sees value in paying poor to rise up," 10 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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