Drove meaning

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A road or track along which cattle are habitually driven.
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Drove is defined as something has been driven, pushed or moved forward.

An example of drove is a car that's been driven from one place to another.

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Simple past tense of drive.
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The definition of a drove is a group of people or farm animals that is moving together.

An example of a drove is the group of people leaving a stadium after a football game.

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A number of cattle, hogs, sheep, etc. driven or moving along as a group; flock; herd.
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A crowd or body of people, esp. when moving or acting together.
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To finish (stone) with a drove chisel.
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(usually in the plural) A large number of people on the move (literally or figuratively).

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To herd cattle; particularly over a long distance.
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Origin of drove

  • Middle English from Old English drāf from drīfan to drive dhreibh- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English drove, drof, draf, from Old English drāf (“action of driving; a driving out, expulsion; drove, herd, band; company, band; road along which cattle are driven”), from Proto-Germanic *draibō (“a drive, push, movement, drove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreibʰ- (“to drive, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“cloudy, dirty, muddy”). Cognate with Scots drave, dreef (“drove, crowd”), Dutch dreef (“a walkway, wide road with trees, drove”), Middle High German treip (“a drove”), Swedish drev (“a drive, drove”), Icelandic dreif (“a scattering, distribution”). More at drive.

    From Wiktionary

  • From earlier drave, from Middle English drave, draf, from Old English drāf, first and third person singular indicative preterite of drīfan (“to drive”).

    From Wiktionary