driv·​ing | \ ˈdrī-viŋ How to pronounce driving (audio) \

Definition of driving

1a : communicating force a driving wheel
b : exerting pressure a driving influence
2a : having great force a driving rain a driving beat
b : acting with vigor : energetic a hard-driving worker

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Registrar Erin Deveney stepped down following revelations that Zhukovskyy’s Massachusetts license should have been suspended because of a past drunken driving arrest in Connecticut that Massachusetts had failed to process. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "N.H. suspends 900 licenses after review, but Sununu says it’s a ‘different situation’ than Mass.," 28 Aug. 2019 Temperatures are sufficient for a bit of accumulation that could affect driving conditions for the Wednesday morning rush. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Light snow tonight into Wednesday, warmer by the weekend," 16 Jan. 2018 Road improvements have cut driving time from Lijiang from a full day down to three hours. Jason Motlagh, Marie Claire, "Kingdom of Women," 18 Jan. 2018 Sport and Sport-plus modes allow quicker steering and more driving pleasure. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Infiniti’s updated Q60 sport coupe returns for 2018 with prices from $38,950-$54,000 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Jan. 2018 Ice accumulations should be light on Thursday, but will still make driving conditions dangerous at times. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Wednesday weather: Gorge gets high winds today, freezing rain tomorrow," 3 Jan. 2018 Inside the team, Bellarmine has more driving forces. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Under Scott Davenport's steady leadership, Bellarmine hoops looks to carry over its success," 2 Nov. 2017 It's been engineered to work in concert with the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine setup offering significantly more driving excitement than before. Terry Troy, cleveland.com, "New 2018 Camry is a game changer for Toyota," 8 July 2017 And if driving directions take her onto a high freeway overpass? Orange County Register, "Chargers bring running back Kenjon Barner closer to home," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of driving

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of driving

: falling or blowing with great force and speed
used in the phrase driving force to describe the person or thing that causes or controls something

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