driv·​er | \ ˈdrī-vər How to pronounce driver (audio) \

Definition of driver

: one that drives: such as
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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driverless \ ˈdrī-​vər-​ləs How to pronounce driverless (audio) \ adjective

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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 In violent back-to-back incidents Saturday night in Mill Valley, an 18-year-old allegedly punched his Uber driver in the face and minutes later stabbed a 15-year-old boy at the same intersection. Anna Bauman,, "Police: Mill Valley teen turns himself in after punching Uber driver, stabbing boy," 16 Sep. 2019 His career stretched more than 30 years, bridging the generations between Jerry Cook and Richie Evans to our current drivers. Eric Todisco,, "NASCAR Driver Mike Stefanik Dies at 61 After Plane Crash," 16 Sep. 2019 His career stretched more than 30 years, bridging the generations between Jerry Cook and Richie Evans to our current drivers. Jill Martin, CNN, "Former NASCAR champ Mike Stefanik dies in plane crash," 16 Sep. 2019 On Monday, the Teamsters union said its drivers will honor UAW's picket lines and not deliver GM vehicles to dealers during the national strike. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "How the UAW strike against GM affects Indiana," 16 Sep. 2019 The 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid conquers winding roads with aplomb, entertaining and rewarding its driver as any Porsche should. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Porsche’s third-generation Cayenne hybrid gets more juice, performance," 13 Sep. 2019 Even as state coffers are flowing with cash, drivers are crying foul as the fines levied are sometimes higher than the value of the vehicle itself. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "India’s road safety should be paved with behavioural change, not heavy fines," 12 Sep. 2019 The taxing conditions its drivers face are reminiscent of those in its warehouses, which have been the source of negative attention for years. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Amazon Is a Logistical Disaster," 11 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Uber, Lyft and their drivers are caught in the middle. Faiz Siddiqui, Anchorage Daily News, "California Senate passes bill that has divided Democrats over the future of Uber and Lyft drivers," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of driver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of driver was in the 14th century

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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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