drove

noun
\ 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

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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Its success has put further strain on bricks-and-mortar shops, which were already dying in droves. The Economist, "Shopify and the return of the merchant class," 31 Aug. 2019 West Hollywood is ready for marijuana tourists and hopes the new businesses - which include a virtual-reality space and an art gallery with a cannabis lounge - attract them in droves. Maura Judkis, chicagotribune.com, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 22 Aug. 2019 Sawyer and Ogle still play Pokémon Go - or PoGo, as its fans call it - and often bake treats for fellow players in their local community on special days when rare Pokémon are released in droves. cleveland.com, "People are still obsessed with Pokémon and this is their Super Bowl," 20 Aug. 2019 Adding a new apartment building around the corner draws out protesters in droves. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Pre-fab homes are coming to a city backyard near you," 20 Aug. 2019 West Hollywood is ready for marijuana tourists and hopes the new businesses - which include a virtual-reality space and an art gallery with a cannabis lounge - attract them in droves. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 16 Aug. 2019 West Hollywood is ready for marijuana tourists and hopes the new businesses — which include a virtual-reality space and an art gallery with a cannabis lounge — attract them in droves. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 15 Aug. 2019 And that means the meat carries a premium price tag, ranging from about $20 to $50 per pound, but that hasn’t stopped customers from seeking it out in droves. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "A recipe for grilled Wagyu Rib-eye Steak and a recipe for Creamy stuffed mushrooms," 12 Aug. 2019 Sunday evening, listeners turned out in droves to see Ma solo on the Koussevitzky Music Shed stage, performing Bach’s complete cello suites without intermission — a two-hour-plus marathon broken up only by short comments. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Yo-Yo Ma’s ‘Bach Project’ offers a seat at his table to Tanglewood fans and community groups," 12 Aug. 2019

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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 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

drove

Kids Definition of drove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of drive

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