Drive definition

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To work or try hard, as to reach a goal.
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To create or produce by penetrating forcibly.

The nail drove a hole in the tire.

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The act or an instance of driving.
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To supply the motive force or power to and cause to function.
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(computers) A device that reads data from and often writes data onto a storage medium, such as an optical disc or flash memory.
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A trip or journey in a vehicle.

It's a long drive to Eau Claire from here.

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A road for automobiles and other vehicles.
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A strong organized effort to accomplish a purpose.

A drive to finish the project before the deadline.

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Energy, push, or aggressiveness.

An executive with a lot of drive.

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(psychology) A strong motivating tendency or instinct related to self-preservation, reproduction, or aggression that prompts activity toward a particular end.
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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 convey or transport in a vehicle.

Drove the children to school.

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To traverse in a vehicle.

Drive the freeways to work.

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To supply the motive force or power to and cause to function.

Steam drives the engine.

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To cause or sustain, as if by supplying force or power.
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(sports) To throw, strike, or cast (a ball, for example) hard or rapidly.
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(basketball) To move with the ball directly through.

Drove the lane and scored.

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(baseball) To cause (a run or runner) to be scored by batting. Often used with in.
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(football) To advance the ball over (certain yardage) in plays from scrimmage.
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To chase (game) into the open or into traps or nets.
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To search (an area) for game in such a manner.
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To move along or advance quickly.

We could hear the trucks driving along the highway.

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To rush, dash, or advance violently against an obstruction.

The wind drove into my face.

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To make an effort to reach or achieve an objective; aim.
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To operate a vehicle, such as a car.

How long has he been driving?

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To go or be transported in a vehicle.

We all got in the car and drove to the supermarket.

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(sports) To hit, throw, or impel a ball or other missile forcibly.
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(basketball) To move directly to the basket with the ball.
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(football) To advance the ball in plays from scrimmage.
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The act of driving.

Took the car out for a drive after dinner.

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A massive, sustained military offensive.
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The means or apparatus for transmitting motion or power to a machine or from one machine part to another.
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The position or operating condition of such a mechanism.
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The means by which automotive power is applied to a roadway.

Four-wheel drive.

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The means or apparatus for controlling and directing an automobile.

Right-hand drive.

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(sports) The act of hitting, knocking, or thrusting a ball very swiftly.
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(sports) The stroke or thrust by which a ball is driven.

An awkward drive on the first tee that sent the ball into the woods.

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(sports) The ball or puck as it is propelled.

The goalie stopped a hard drive in the opening minute.

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(basketball) The act of moving with the ball directly to the basket.
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(football) A series of downs in which the ball is advanced by the offensive team.
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A rounding up and driving of cattle to new pastures or to market.
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A gathering and driving of logs down a river.
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The cattle or logs thus driven.
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To make or produce by penetrating.

To drive a hole through metal.

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To control the movement or direct the course of (an automobile, horse and wagon, locomotive, etc.)
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To carry on with vigor; push (a bargain, etc.) through.
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To drive through (the lane)
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To force by or as by a blow, thrust, or stroke.
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To throw, hit, or cast hard and swiftly.
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(golf) To hit from the tee, usually with a driver.
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To impel or propel as motive power; set or keep going; cause to function.

A gasoline engine drives the motorboat.

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To compel, motivate, influence, direct, etc.

The investigation is driven by political rivalry.

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To chase (game) from thickets into the clear or into nets, traps, etc.
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To cover (an area) in this way.
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To be driven; operate.
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(basketball) To move quickly and aggressively, while dribbling, past defenders and to the basket.
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A trip in a vehicle.
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The power or energy to get things done; enthusiastic or aggressive vigor.
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That which is urgent or pressing; pressure.
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A collection of logs being floated down a river to a sawmill.
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A device that communicates motion to a machine or machine part.
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(comput.) A unit that reads and writes data on magnetic tape, a disk, etc.
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(psychol.) Any of the basic biological impulses or urges, such as self-preservation, hunger, sex, etc.
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A road for automobiles, etc.
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A driveway.
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A rounding up or moving of animals on foot for branding, slaughter, etc.
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The animals rounded up or moved.
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A hard, swift blow, thrust, etc., as of a ball in a game.
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(golf) A shot from the tee, usually with a driver.
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An organized movement to achieve some purpose; campaign.
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A large-scale military offensive to gain an objective.
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(football) A series of plays that advances the ball, often, specif., one resulting in a field goal or touchdown.
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Any apparatus that transmits power in a motor vehicle.

A gear drive.

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That arrangement in an automatic transmission of a motor vehicle which allows movement forward at varying speeds.
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A strong motivating tendency or instinct related to self-preservation, reproduction, or aggression that prompts activity toward a particular end.
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To impel or urge onward by force; to push forward; to compel to move on.

To drive sheep out of a field.

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(intransitive) To direct a vehicle powered by a horse, ox or similar animal.
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To cause animals to flee out of.

The beaters drove the brambles, causing a great rush of rabbits and other creatures.

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To move (something) by hitting it with great force.

You drive nails into wood with a hammer.

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To cause (a mechanism) to operate.

The pistons drive the crankshaft.

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(ergative) To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).

Drive a car.

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To motivate; to provide an incentive for.

What drives a person to run a marathon?

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To compel (to do something).

Their debts finally drove them to sell the business.

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To cause to become.

This constant complaining is going to drive me to insanity. You are driving me crazy!

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(intransitive, cricket) To hit the ball with a drive.
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(intransitive) To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.

I drive to work every day.

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To convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle.

My wife drove me to the airport.

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(intransitive) To move forcefully.
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To urge, press, or bring to a point or state.
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To carry or to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute.

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To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
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(mining) To dig horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel.

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Crassus had wealth and wit, but Pompey had drive and Caesar as much again.

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Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; especially, a forced or hurried dispatch of business.
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An act of driving animals forward, to be captured, hunted etc.
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(military) A sustained advance in the face of the enemy to take a strategic objective.

Napoleon's drive on Moscow was as determined as it was disastrous.

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A motor that does not take fuel, but instead depends on a mechanism that stores potential energy for subsequent use.

Some old model trains have clockwork drives.

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A trip made in a motor vehicle.

It was a long drive.

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The mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.

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A type of public roadway.

Beverly Hills’ most famous street is Rodeo Drive.

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(dated) A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
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(psychology) Desire or interest.
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(computing) An apparatus for reading and writing data to or from a mass storage device such as a disk, as a floppy drive.
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(computing) A mass storage device in which the mechanism for reading and writing data is integrated with the mechanism for storing data, as a hard drive, a flash drive.
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(golf) A stroke made with a driver.
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(baseball) A ball struck in a flat trajectory.
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(cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, and hitting it along the ground, normally between cover and midwicket.
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(soccer) A straight level shot or pass.
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A charity event such as a fundraiser, bake sale, or toy drive.
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(typography) An impression or matrix formed by a punch drift.
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A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river.
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To transport in an automobile or other vehicle.
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To go or be conveyed in a vehicle.
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To operate a motor vehicle.
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To repulse or put to flight by force or influence.

Drove the attackers away; drove out any thought of failure.

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To guide, control, or direct (a vehicle).
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To compel or force to work, often excessively.
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To force into or from a particular act or state.

Indecision drives me crazy.

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To force to go through or penetrate.

Drove the stake into the ground.

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To carry through vigorously to a conclusion.

Drove home his point; drive a hard bargain.

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To force to go; urge onward; push forward.
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To force into or from a state or act.

Driven mad.

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To force to work, usually to excess.
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To cause to go through; make penetrate.
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To advance violently; dash.
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To drive a blow, ball, missile, etc.
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To push, propel, or press onward forcibly; urge forward.

Drove the horses into the corral.

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drive at
  • to aim at
  • to mean; intend
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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
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
drive
Plural:
drives

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of drive

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

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

  • 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