- To drive is defined as to operate a vehicle, to be licensed to operate a vehicle or moving something using force.
- An example of drive is when you get in your car and go to the store.
- An example of drive is when you have a license allowing you to operate a car.
- An example of drive is when you hit a golf ball in a certain direction.
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- to force to go; urge onward; push forward
- to force into or from a state or act: driven mad
- to force to work, usually to excess
- to force by or as by a blow, thrust, or stroke
- to throw, hit, or cast hard and swiftly
- Golf to hit from the tee, usually with a driver
- to cause to go through; make penetrate
- to make or produce by penetrating: to drive a hole through metal
- to control the movement or direct the course of (an automobile, horse and wagon, locomotive, etc.)
- to transport in an automobile or other vehicle
- to impel or propel as motive power; set or keep going; cause to function: a gasoline engine drives the motorboat
- to compel, motivate, influence, direct, etc.: the investigation is driven by political rivalry
- to carry on with vigor; push (a bargain, etc.) through
- to chase (game) from thickets into the clear or into nets, traps, etc.
- to cover (an area) in this way
Origin: Middle English driven ; from Old English drifan, akin to Gothic dreiban, German treiben, Old Norse drīfa ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhreibh-, to push
- to advance violently; dash
- to work or try hard, as to reach a goal
- to drive a blow, ball, missile, etc.
- to be driven; operate: said of a motor vehicle
- to go or be conveyed in a vehicle
- to operate a motor vehicle
- the act of driving
- a trip in a vehicle
- a road for automobiles, etc.
- a driveway
- a rounding up or moving of animals on foot for branding, slaughter, etc.
- the animals rounded up or moved
- a hard, swift blow, thrust, etc., as of a ball in a game
- Golf a shot from the tee, usually with a driver
- an organized movement to achieve some purpose; campaign
- a large-scale military offensive to gain an objective
- Football a series of plays that advances the ball toward the opponent's goal, usually resulting in a field goal or touchdown
- ☆ the power or energy to get things done; enthusiastic or aggressive vigor
- that which is urgent or pressing; pressure
- ☆ a collection of logs being floated down a river to a sawmill
- any apparatus that transmits power in a motor vehicle: a gear drive
- that arrangement in an automatic transmission of a motor vehicle which allows movement forward at varying speeds
- a device that communicates motion to a machine or machine part
- Comput. a unit that reads and writes data on magnetic tape, a disk, etc.
- Psychol. any of the basic biological impulses or urges, such as self-preservation, hunger, sex, etc.
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verb drove drove , driv·en , driv·ing, drives verb, transitive
- To push, propel, or press onward forcibly; urge forward: drove the horses into the corral.
- To repulse or put to flight by force or influence: drove the attackers away; drove out any thought of failure.
- To guide, control, or direct (a vehicle).
- a. To convey or transport in a vehicle: drove the children to school.b. To traverse in a vehicle: drive the freeways to work.
- a. To supply the motive force or power to and cause to function: Steam drives the engine.b. To cause or sustain, as if by supplying force or power: “The current merger mania is apparently driven by an urge . . . to reduce risk or to exploit opportunities in a very rapidly changing business environment” (Peter Passell).
- To compel or force to work, often excessively: “Every serious dancer is driven by notions of perfection—perfect expressiveness, perfect technique” (Susan Sontag).
- To force into or from a particular act or state: Indecision drives me crazy.
- To force to go through or penetrate: drove the stake into the ground.
- To create or produce by penetrating forcibly: The nail drove a hole in the tire.
- To carry through vigorously to a conclusion: drove home his point; drive a hard bargain.
- a. Sports To throw, strike, or cast (a ball, for example) hard or rapidly.b. Basketball To move with the ball directly through: drove the lane and scored.c. Baseball To cause (a run or runner) to be scored by batting. Often used with in.
- a. To chase (game) into the open or into traps or nets.b. To search (an area) for game in such a manner.
- To move along or advance quickly as if pushed by an impelling force.
- To rush, dash, or advance violently against an obstruction: The wind drove into my face.
- To operate a vehicle, such as a car.
- To go or be transported in a vehicle: drove to the supermarket.
- a. Sports To hit, throw, or impel a ball or other missile forcibly.b. Basketball To move directly to the basket with the ball.
- To make an effort to reach or achieve an objective; aim.
- The act of driving.
- A trip or journey in a vehicle.
- Abbr. Dr. A road for automobiles and other vehicles.
- a. The means or apparatus for transmitting motion or power to a machine or from one machine part to another.b. The position or operating condition of such a mechanism: “He put his car into drive and started home” (Charles Baxter).c. The means by which automotive power is applied to a roadway: four-wheel drive.d. The means or apparatus for controlling and directing an automobile: right-hand drive.
- Computer Science A device that reads data from and often writes data onto a storage medium, such as a floppy disk.
- A strong organized effort to accomplish a purpose. See Synonyms at campaign.
- Energy, push, or aggressiveness.
- Psychology A strong motivating tendency or instinct related to self-preservation, reproduction, or aggression that prompts activity toward a particular end.
- A massive, sustained military offensive.
- a. Sports The act of hitting, knocking, or thrusting a ball very swiftly.b. Sports The stroke or thrust by which a ball is driven.c. Basketball The act of moving with the ball directly to the basket.
- a. A rounding up and driving of cattle to new pastures or to market.b. A gathering and driving of logs down a river.c. The cattle or logs thus driven.
Origin: Middle English driven, from Old English drīfan; see dhreibh- in Indo-European roots.
- drivˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- drivˈa·ble adjective
drive - Computer Definition
(2) A solid state flash drive that contains no moving parts. See USB drive.
(3) To provide power and signals to a device. For example, "this control unit can drive up to 15 terminals."
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drive - Medical Definition
drive - Phrases/Idioms
- to aim at
- to mean; intend
- to force in, as by a blow
- â Baseball to cause (a runner) to score or (a run) to be scored, as by getting a hit
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