drove

noun
\ˈdrōv \

Definition of drove 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of animals driven or moving in a body

2 : a large number : crowd usually used in plural especially with in came in droves

drove

Definition of drove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of drive

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Examples of drove in a Sentence

Noun

people flocked to the annual festival in droves

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Private colleges have been aggressively discounting tuition in an effort to boost enrollment, a risky strategy that now may be backfiring as students aren’t signing up in droves, even at sale prices. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Private Colleges Dole Out Scholarships to Boost Enrollment, but It Isn’t Working," 30 Apr. 2018 With millions of people seeing Black Panther in droves, the movie is expected to have a colossal opening weekend. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "'Black Panther' Star Michael B. Jordan Calls Kendrick Lamar the 'Voice of the People': Exclusive," 17 Feb. 2018 During the late 1950s and 1960s, Robert and Ethel Scull, owners of a lucrative taxi company, became fixtures on the New York gallery circuit, buying up the work of then-emerging Abstract Expressionist, Minimalist, and Pop artists in droves. Rachel Wetzler, The New Republic, "How Modern Art Serves the Rich," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of drove

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drove

Noun

Middle English, from Old English drāf, from drīfan to drive — more at drive

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drove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drove

: a large group of people or animals that move or act together

drove

noun
\ˈdrōv \

Kids Definition of drove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large group of animals or people moving or acting together droves of shoppers

drove

Kids Definition of drove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of drive

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