\ 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

Grasshoppers are flocking to the Vegas Strip in droves, thanks to the above average rainfall the area has seen this year. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "A Hostile Grasshopper Takeover Has Begun in Las Vegas," 29 July 2019 Millennials nostalgic for their childhoods are returning in droves to enjoy attractions pulled from parent Walt Disney Co.'s expanding entertainment portfolio. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Childless millennials should be banned from Disney World, tired mom rants," 29 July 2019 Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets in droves since early last month to protest an extradition bill and call for democratic reforms. Fox News, "China says some Hong Kong protesters' behavior 'intolerable' amid fears military could step in," 25 July 2019 Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets in droves to protest a extradition bill and call for democratic reforms. Washington Post, "China says some Hong Kong protester actions ‘intolerable’," 24 July 2019 Some of the top attractions are esports, with competitions throughout the week attracting fans in droves. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "How to be an esports star without going pro, playing games like Solitaire and Madden NFL," 24 July 2019 As a result, Native Hawaiians are turning out in droves to oppose TMT. Trisha Kehaulani Watson-sproat, Vox, "Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope," 24 July 2019 Temperatures hit their peak, but Chicagoans happily come out in droves anyway. Adam Jason Cohen, Vogue, "Tie-Dyed Stussy and Handmade Crystal Jewelry: See the Best Street Style From Pitchfork Fest," 24 July 2019 Meanwhile, whites are leaving Northwest Baltimore in droves, heading for the whiter suburbs. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "How 2 unrelated deaths from 1969 inspired Baltimore crime novelist Laura Lippman’s ‘Lady in the Lake’," 23 July 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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drought spot




drove road


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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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a period when something is suspended

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