Drive Definition

driven, drives, driving, drove
driven, drives, driving, drove
To force to go; urge onward; push forward.
Webster's New World
To force by or as by a blow, thrust, or stroke.
Webster's New World
To be driven; operate.
Webster's New World
To traverse in a vehicle.
Drive the freeways to work.
American Heritage
To force into or from a state or act.
Driven mad.
Webster's New World
The act or an instance of driving.
Webster's New World
A trip in a vehicle.
Webster's New World
A road for automobiles, etc.
Webster's New World
The mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.
The position or operating condition of such a mechanism.
American Heritage
drive at
  • to aim at
  • to mean; intend
Webster's New World
drive in
  • to force in, as by a blow
  • to cause (a runner) to score or (a run) to be scored, as by getting a hit
Webster's New World

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Origin of Drive

  • From Middle English driven, from Old English drīfan (“to drive, force, move, chase, hunt, follow up, pursue; impel by physical force, rush against, thrust, carry off vigorously, transact, prosecute, conduct, practice, carry on, exercise, do; speak often of a matter, bring up, agitate, trot out; urge a cause; suffer, undergo; proceed with violence, rush with violence, act impetuously”), from Proto-Germanic *drībaną (“to drive”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreybʰ- (“to drive, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“cloudy, dirty, muddy”). Cognate with Scots drive (“to drive”), North Frisian driwe (“to drive”), West Frisian driuwe (“to chase, drive, impel”), Dutch drijven (“to drive”), Low German drieven (“to drive, drift, push”), German treiben (“to drive, push, propel”), Danish drive (“to drive, run, force”), Swedish driva (“to drive, power, drift, push, force”), Icelandic drífa (“to drive, hurry, rush”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English driven from Old English drīfan dhreibh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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