drove

noun
\ ˈdrōv \

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

drove

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

Noun

people flocked to the annual festival in droves

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Tiny Sunglasses:Thanks to the likes of Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber, and more, slip cat eye sunglasses were sold in droves. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "ASOS' Best-Selling Styles of 2018," 4 Jan. 2019 The most recent drought has prompted some herders to plunder the livestock of rival communities or sneak into nature reserves to graze their hungry droves. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Interior agency gives employees "vision cards" depicting oil rigs," 16 Mar. 2018 Dan Ryan, who had two hits and two RBI, drove in the first run for the Stags (14-19) when his double drove in Jack Gethings. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Regional Digest: Hartford Rallies To Softball Win Over Fairfield," 18 Apr. 2018 The most recent drought has prompted some herders to plunder the livestock of rival communities or sneak into nature reserves to graze their hungry droves. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Interior agency gives employees "vision cards" depicting oil rigs," 16 Mar. 2018 The most recent drought has prompted some herders to plunder the livestock of rival communities or sneak into nature reserves to graze their hungry droves. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest," 12 Mar. 2018 While readers of Time complained in their droves about the choice of Wallis, there was no denying the universal fascination with the mystery woman who had caused a king to abdicate his throne. Andrew Morton, Town & Country, "Wallis Simpson and the Aftermath of the Abdication," 13 Feb. 2018 What bit of fare propelled us to the internet in droves, demanding imagery, testimonials, or a recipe? Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018 Get Outdoors Cape Town is an active traveler’s paradise, and as spring descends, so do the runners—in droves. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do In Cape Town in September 2018," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of drove

Noun

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

History and Etymology for drove

Noun

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

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drove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drove

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

drove

noun
\ ˈdrōv \

Kids Definition of drove

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

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Kids Definition of drove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of drive

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