move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position.
moved the furniture
actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion.
turbines actuated by waterpower
drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus.
a ship driven aground by hurricane winds
impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus.
a candidate impelled by ambition
He drove the car down a bumpy road.
Do you want to drive or should I?
He is learning to drive.
The car stopped and then drove off.
A car drove by us slowly.
The bus slowly drove away.
We drove all night and arrived at dawn.
We drove 160 miles to get here.
I drive on this route every day.
I drive this route every day. Noun
It's a two-hour drive to the beach.
Her house is an hour's drive east of Los Angeles.
We took a pleasant drive in the country.
Would you like to go for a drive?
A white car was parked in the drive. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Already, climate change has helped to drive the annual number of ocean heatwave days up 54% in the period from 1925 to 2016, a team of international scientists found in 2018.Fox News, 15 Nov. 2022 Some thought the move would drive more conservative voters to the polls at a time before Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Dylan Lovan, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 Madigan said proximity to Metro will allow his firm to recruit employees from across the area, including those who don’t want to drive to Loudoun to be in the office.
Ian Duncan, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 To drive to the Secret Slickrock trailhead, continue on Chavez Ranch Road to the trailhead a few yards past the FR 788A junction at a road gate.
Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 12 Nov. 2022 Pivoting to health service offerings helps drive consumers to its thousands of retail stores across the U.S.
Phil Wahba, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2022 Afterward, Amerson knocked Sharita unconscious, used Patrice’s car to drive Sharita to Cameron Hill Road, dumped her, and—after backtracking to Patrice’s house to retrieve his car—returned to run the body over, Herring alleged.
John H. Tucker, Popular Mechanics, 10 Nov. 2022 But an initiative on this week’s ballot, if approved, would rename Port Hueneme as Hueneme Beach in an attempt by the City Council to drive attention (and tourist money) to the small strip of sand on the city’s southern edge.
Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2022 Danny Ruiz made the decision to drive over to the store right at the final out.
Josh Criswell, Chron, 6 Nov. 2022
Front-wheel drive models have 194 horsepower and accelerate to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 Late on a Sunday night, Ellsworth Fortman, an assistant chief for the Los Angeles Fire Department, walked out of Marci’s Sports Bar and Grill in Santa Clarita and climbed into his Dodge Ram pickup truck for the drive home.
Paul Pringlestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 The Moreland Hills School drive will allow at least eight veterans to participate this year.
Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2022 Stewart’s easy-going style that belies the drive beneath his big, easy smile.The Indianapolis Star, 17 Nov. 2022 Local community colleges throughout San Diego County are working with California Coast Credit Union, the North County Food Bank and the San Diego Food Bank for the fourth annual Pack the Pantry food drive.
Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022 The bigger engine means total power output has gone up to 194 hp (145 kW) for front-wheel drive variants and 196 hp (146 kW) for all-wheel drive versions.
Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2022 All-wheel drive comes standard on all but the S trim.
Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2022 Front-wheel drive models have 194 horsepower and accelerate to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.
Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 17 Nov. 2022 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English, from Old English drīfan; akin to Old High German trīban to drive