\ 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 incame 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 Police were out in droves in cities across the country Wednesday night to enforce curfews that were seen as helping reduce late-night rioting, and officials were hoping for a calmer night amid the ongoing unrest. Fox News, "2 NYPD officers shot, another stabbed during post-curfew confrontation, unclear if related to Floyd protests," 4 June 2020 Protests have spread across the country this week with people turning out in droves in following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet, and more celebrities join protests against George Floyd's death," 1 June 2020 The state’s educated were leaving in droves and research showed that Alabama was one of the top 15 states impacted. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "Alabama had a problem with brain drain. How’s that looking now?," 12 Nov. 2019 There was no score until the bottom of the ninth inning, when George Mitterwald’s walk-off single drove in Tony Oliva with the game’s only run. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Special Report: Bronx Tales – The Twins-Yankees Rivalry," 2 Oct. 2019 The Angels scored three runs in the fifth, going in front on Pujols’ sacrifice fly to left that drove in Fletcher. Dan Greenspan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A’s lose to Angels, lead over Rays down to half-game," 24 Sep. 2019 Six Pearland players celebrated a multiple hit game and four drove in two or more runs. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East 10s open Section 3 Tournament with 16-0 romp over District 25 champs," 6 July 2019 In the top of the sixth, Lenahan’s RBI single to right drove in sophomore Mathew Giberti to tie the game at 2. cleveland.com, "St. Ignatius defeats Mentor 4-2 in 10 innings to win Div. I state baseball title," 9 June 2019 Fans worldwide will join us in droves in Hollywood to see her honored on her special Walk of Fame day. Angelica Acevedo, Billboard, "Pink to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," 25 Jan. 2019

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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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8 Jun 2020

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“Drove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drove. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drove

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


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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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