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 incame in droves

drove

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 The divide between essential businesses allowed to stay open and nonessential ones forced to close drove shoppers to big-box chains like Walmart, Target and Dick’s and worsened struggling department stores’ woes. New York Times, "What 2020 Was Like for People in the Retail Industry," 29 Dec. 2020 The water eats your work like a drove of wild birds. Hannah Aizenman, The New Yorker, "The New Yorker’s Year in Poetry," 28 Dec. 2020 Both duck boat tours the Journal Sentinel reporter went on drove on roads for short periods of time. Dana Brandt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For popular duck boats in the Wisconsin Dells, spot-checks show some potential safety issues," 26 Oct. 2020 The water eats your work like a drove of wild birds. Hala Alyan, The New Yorker, "Spoiler," 21 Sep. 2020 The 21-year old drove in a run in his first at-bat with a groundout to third in the first. Bob Bancroft, orlandosentinel.com, "Host Nationals defeat Rays 5-3 to finish 2-game sweep," 9 Sep. 2020 Brantley scored on Tucker's grounder to first, and Carlos Correa's double drove in Yuli Gurriel. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Trout ties Angels' HR record, then scores winning run," 5 Sep. 2020 Brantley scored on Tucker’s grounder to first, and Carlos Correa’s double drove in Yuli Gurriel. Joe Reedy, Houston Chronicle, "Mike Trout ties Angels' HR record, then scores winning run against Astros," 5 Sep. 2020 When Braden Bishop's single drove in Dee Gordon in the eighth, the Mariners were down 14-2. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Adell hits first two HRs, Trout drives in 6 in Angels' rout," 30 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for drove

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The first known use of drove was before the 12th century

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Drove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drove. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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drove

noun
How to pronounce drove (audio)

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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