\ 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

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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 Nico Hoerner's bloop single in the second drove in the first run. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 Chad Wallach’s single drove in Berti for a 2-0 lead. Charles Odum, sun-sentinel.com, 15 Apr. 2021 Rihn Showpigs grew from only-pig Bacon to their current drove of 22. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 31 Mar. 2021 Stewart's single drove in a run in the eighth inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 21 Mar. 2021 Benjamin Stevenson, Keller Timber Creek: His walk-off RBI triple with no outs in the bottom of the seventh drove in Alejandro Mendoza to give Timber Creek a 6-5 win against Keller Fossil Ridge. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2021 Seminole responded on the opening drove of the second half to extend its advantage to 21-6 after overcoming a pair of sacks by Timar Rogers and Robert Uccello. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Nov. 2020 The water eats your work like a drove of wild birds. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 The water eats your work like a drove of wild birds. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of drove was before the 12th century

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19 Jun 2021

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“Drove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drove. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drove

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


\ 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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