\ ˈdrōv How to pronounce drove (audio) \

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


Definition of drove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of drive

Synonyms for drove

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of drove in a Sentence

Noun people flocked to the annual festival in droves
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amed Rosario’s two-run single off Emilio Pagan in the eighth drove in Myles Straw to tie the score and Steven Kwan with the go-ahead run in a 3-2 Guardians victory over the Twins at Progressive Field. Joe Noga, cleveland, 28 June 2022 The field is also losing personnel as a drove of federal and academic botanists retire. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 7 July 2022 In Adley Rutschman’s first at-bat, his single drove in a runner. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2022 Just last month, an 18-year-old drove over 200 miles, and killed 10 Black shoppers and injured three others, at a supermarket in Buffalo. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, 9 June 2022 His infield single in the seventh drove in Mookie Betts to extend the Dodgers' lead to 5-1. Joe Reedy, ajc, 4 June 2022 And in the third, Mateo’s single drove in Santander, who had reached on a second straight double. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 19 May 2022 James Clemens beat East Limestone 1-0 on Monday, breaking up the 2-hit shutout with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Parker’s single drove in Francisco Ramirez. al, 5 Apr. 2022 Northside scored its final run in the fifth when Rollans' single drove in Eli Calderera, who was a courtesy runner after Frazier had tripled. Henry Apple, Arkansas Online, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drove


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

History and Etymology for drove


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

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“Drove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drove. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for drove


\ ˈdrōv How to pronounce drove (audio) \

Kids Definition of drove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


Kids Definition of drove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of drive

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