\ 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

army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, mob, multitude, press, rout, scrum, swarm, throng

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Examples of drove in a Sentence


people flocked to the annual festival in droves

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Major fashion labels have gone fur-free in droves, and the industry has seen a nearly 18 percent drop in sales since 2015, according to the Business of Fashion, a fashion news website. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Fur clothing’s days could be numbered in California — bill would ban sales," 17 July 2019 Prime members are currently taking advantage and buying these in droves, perhaps because of the extra perks included in the deal: a $5 eBook credit and three months free of Kindle Unlimited. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 10 most popular Prime Day deals of 2019," 16 July 2019 Following the airing of HBO's gripping Chernobyl drama, tourists flocked in droves to see the nuclear disaster site up close. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ukraine Is Making Chernobyl an Official Tourist Attraction," 12 July 2019 Over the last month, fans once again turned out in droves to support the U.S. Women’s National Team in their bid to defend their World Cup title. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Will support for the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team carry over to the National Women’s Soccer League?," 10 July 2019 One big reason for the sagging sales: Americans are ditching passenger cars in droves, and automakers have discontinued several models, such as the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Focus. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "5 hottest selling vehicles so far in 2019: Ram, Porsche, Subaru top the list," 2 July 2019 But citizens came out in droves to public hearings to support Falkin. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati City Budget: Win, lose or draw?," 30 June 2019 By 1974, several couture houses and small manufacturer filed for bankruptcy as women continued to stay away in droves. Marlen Komar, Vox, "The surprisingly controversial history of the midi-length skirt," 27 June 2019 Workers move bourbon bottles in droves, and tourists pour in to sample the local spirits. Benjamin Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "It's been a year since Kentucky's huge bourbon barrel spill. What's changed?," 21 June 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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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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