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drive

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1 a passage cleared for public vehicular travel

  • raced our motorcycles along the drive
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2 a series of activities undertaken to achieve a goal

  • a fund-raising drive for the schoolʼs marching band
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5 readiness to engage in daring or difficult activity

  • a great opportunity for a sales representative who is full of drive
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drive

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1 to urge, push, or force onward

  • cowboys drove the herd of cattle from San Antonio to San Francisco
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2 to travel by a motorized vehicle

  • Iʼm going to drive across the country—want to come?
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3 to apply force to (someone or something) so that it moves in front of one

  • drove the plunger into the opening
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4 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure

  • the corrupt governor was driven out of office
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twist one's arm

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6 to set or keep in motion

  • this motor drives the gears, which then turn the shaft
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7 to proceed or move quickly

  • the runner drove past the finish line and then came to a dead stop
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beat it, get a move on, make tracks, shake a leg, step on it

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Synonym Discussion of drive

move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position.
    • moved the furniture
actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion.
    • turbines actuated by waterpower
drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus.
    • a ship driven aground by hurricane winds
impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus.
    • a candidate impelled by ambition

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