Definitions for drivedraɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

drivedraɪv(v.; n.)drove, driv•en, driv•ing

  1. (v.t.)to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force or compulsion:

    to drive away the flies.

  2. to cause and guide the movement of (a vehicle, an animal, etc.):

    to drive a car; to drive a mule.

  3. to convey in a vehicle:

    to drive someone home.

  4. to force to work or act:

    He drove the workers until they collapsed.

  5. to impel; constrain; urge; compel.

  6. to carry (business, an agreement, etc.) vigorously through:

    to drive a hard bargain.

  7. to keep (machinery) going.

    Category: Machinery

  8. (in baseball) to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a base hit or sacrifice fly. to cause (a run) to be scored by a base hit or sacrifice fly.

    Category: Sport

  9. to hit (a golf ball), esp. from the tee, as with a driver or driving iron.

    Category: Sport

  10. to hit, propel, or kick (a ball, shuttlecock, puck, etc.) with much force. (in football) to advance (the ball) aggressively by various passing, carrying, and kicking strategies.

    Category: Sport

  11. to chase (game). to search (a district) for game.

    Category: Sport

  12. to float (logs) down a river or stream.

  13. (in mining, construction, etc.) to excavate (a mine or tunnel heading).

    Category: Mining

  14. (v.i.)to cause and guide the movement of a vehicle or animal, esp. to operate an automobile.

  15. to go or travel in a driven vehicle.

  16. to hit a golf ball, esp. from the tee, as with a driver or driving iron.

    Category: Sport

  17. to strive vigorously toward a goal or objective.

  18. to go along before an impelling force; be impelled:

    The ship drove before the wind.

  19. to rush or dash violently.

  20. drive at, to intend to convey.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  21. (n.)the act of driving.

  22. a trip in a vehicle, esp. a short pleasure trip.

  23. an impelling along, as of game, cattle, or floating logs, in a particular direction.

  24. the animals, logs, etc., thus driven.

  25. an inner urge that prompts activity directed toward the satisfaction of a basic, instinctive need:

    hunger drive; sex drive.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  26. a vigorous onset or onward course toward a goal or objective.

  27. a strong military offensive.

    Category: Military

  28. a united effort to accomplish some specific purpose, esp. to raise money, as for a charity.

  29. energy and initiative; motivation.

  30. vigorous pressure or effort, as in business.

  31. a road for vehicles, as a scenic route along a highway or a short roadway approaching a house.

  32. a driving mechanism, as of an automobile:

    gear drive.

    Category: Machinery

  33. the point or points of power application to the roadway:

    four-wheel drive.

    Category: Automotive

  34. an act or instance of driving a ball, puck, shuttlecock, or the like. the flight of a ball, puck, shuttlecock, or the like that has been driven with much force.

    Category: Sport

  35. a golf shot, esp. with a driver or driving iron from the tee, that is intended to carry a great distance.

    Category: Sport

  36. a hunt in which game is driven toward stationary hunters.

    Category: Sport

Origin of drive:

bef. 900; ME; OE drīfan



Princeton's WordNet

  1. drive, thrust, driving force(noun)

    the act of applying force to propel something

    "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"

  2. drive(noun)

    a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine

    "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"

  3. campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort(noun)

    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"

  4. driveway, drive, private road(noun)

    a road leading up to a private house

    "they parked in the driveway"

  5. drive(noun)

    the trait of being highly motivated

    "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

  6. drive, driving(noun)

    hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver

    "he sliced his drive out of bounds"

  7. drive(noun)

    the act of driving a herd of animals overland

  8. drive, ride(noun)

    a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

    "he took the family for a drive in his new car"

  9. drive(noun)

    a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

  10. drive(noun)

    (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium

  11. drive, parkway(noun)

    a wide scenic road planted with trees

    "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"

  12. drive(verb)

    (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)

  13. drive(verb)

    operate or control a vehicle

    "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"

  14. drive, motor(verb)

    travel or be transported in a vehicle

    "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater"

  15. drive(verb)

    cause someone or something to move by driving

    "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"

  16. force, drive, ram(verb)

    force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

    "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"

  17. drive(verb)

    to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

    "She is driven by her passion"

  18. repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back(verb)

    cause to move back by force or influence

    "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"

  19. drive(verb)

    compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment

    "She finally drove him to change jobs"

  20. drive(verb)

    push, propel, or press with force

    "Drive a nail into the wall"

  21. drive(verb)

    cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force

    "drive the ball far out into the field"

  22. tug, labor, labour, push, drive(verb)

    strive and make an effort to reach a goal

    "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"

  23. drive, get, aim(verb)

    move into a desired direction of discourse

    "What are you driving at?"

  24. drive, ride(verb)

    have certain properties when driven

    "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"

  25. drive(verb)

    work as a driver

    "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"

  26. drive(verb)

    move by being propelled by a force

    "The car drove around the corner"

  27. drive(verb)

    urge forward

    "drive the cows into the barn"

  28. drive, take(verb)

    proceed along in a vehicle

    "We drive the turnpike to work"

  29. drive(verb)

    strike with a driver, as in teeing off

    "drive a golf ball"

  30. drive(verb)

    hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally

    "drive a ball"

  31. drive(verb)

    excavate horizontally

    "drive a tunnel"

  32. drive(verb)

    cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling

    "The amplifier drives the tube"; "steam drives the engines"; "this device drives the disks for the computer"

  33. drive(verb)

    hunting: search for game

    "drive the forest"

  34. drive(verb)

    hunting: chase from cover into more open ground

    "drive the game"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. drive(verb)ɪv

    to operate a road vehicle

    Did you fly or drive?; We drove down to my mother's.; He drives a truck for a living.

  2. driveɪv

    to take sb somewhere in a road vehicle

    I'll drive you home.; She drove me to school.

  3. driveɪv

    to give a machine power

    a motor driven by electricity

  4. driveɪv

    to hit or kick sth hard

    She drove the stake into the ground.

  5. driveɪv

    to force sb to do sth or behave in a particular way

    The heat drove people to the air-conditioned stores.; He's driving us crazy/nuts!

  6. driveɪv

    to make sb work hard to achieve sth

    I don't know what drives him.

  7. drive(noun)ɪv

    a trip taken by car

    We went for a drive in the mountains.; the fifteen-minute drive into town

  8. driveɪv

    one of the parts of a computer that processes data

    the hard/CD drive

  9. driveɪv

    an organized effort to make sth happen

    a fundraising drive; a drive to educate people about the drug

  10. driveɪv

    determination to succeed

    She lost her drive as she got older.

  11. driveɪv

    one of the natural urges that makes people do things

    the sex drive

  12. driveɪv


    ***a car coming up the drive

  13. driveɪv

    the position of the gear stick that moves an automatic car forward

    Put it in drive.


  1. drive(Noun)

    Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition.

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

  2. drive(Noun)

    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.

  3. drive(Noun)

    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.

  4. drive(Noun)

    A trip made in a motor vehicle.

    It was a long drive.

  5. drive(Noun)

    A driveway.

    The mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.

  6. drive(Noun)

    A type of public roadway.

    Beverly Hillsu2019 most famous street is Rodeo Drive.

  7. drive(Noun)

    Desire or interest.

  8. drive(Noun)

    An apparatus for reading and writing data to or from a mass storage device such as a disk, as a floppy drive.

  9. drive(Noun)

    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.

  10. drive(Verb)

    To herd (animals) in a particular direction.

  11. drive(Verb)

    To direct a vehicle powered by a horse, ox or similar animal.

  12. drive(Verb)

    To cause animals to flee out of.

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

  13. drive(Verb)

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

    You drive nails into wood with a hammer.

  14. drive(Verb)

    To cause (a mechanism) to operate.

    The pistons drive the crankshaft.

  15. drive(Verb)

    To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).

  16. drive(Verb)

    To motivate; to provide an incentive for.

    What drives a person to run a marathon?

  17. drive(Verb)

    To compel (to do something).

    Their debts finally drove them to sell the business.

  18. drive(Verb)

    To cause to become.

  19. drive(Noun)

    A stroke made with a driver.

  20. drive(Noun)

    A ball struck in a flat trajectory.

  21. drive(Noun)

    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.

  22. drive(Noun)

    A straight level shot or pass.

  23. drive(Noun)

    A charity event such as a fundraiser, bake sale, or toy drive

  24. drive(Verb)

    To hit the ball with a drive.

  25. drive(Verb)

    To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.

    I drive to work every day.

  26. drive(Verb)

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

    My wife drove me to the airport.

  27. drive(Verb)

    To move forcefully

  28. Origin: drifan, originally meaning was more like "to push". The modern senses can all be seen to derive from this. For example, carts were driven (pushed) or drawn (pulled) long before automobiles were invented.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drive(verb)

    to impel or urge onward by force in a direction away from one, or along before one; to push forward; to compel to move on; to communicate motion to; as, to drive cattle; to drive a nail; smoke drives persons from a room

  2. Drive(verb)

    to urge on and direct the motions of, as the beasts which draw a vehicle, or the vehicle borne by them; hence, also, to take in a carriage; to convey in a vehicle drawn by beasts; as, to drive a pair of horses or a stage; to drive a person to his own door

  3. Drive(verb)

    to urge, impel, or hurry forward; to force; to constrain; to urge, press, or bring to a point or state; as, to drive a person by necessity, by persuasion, by force of circumstances, by argument, and the like

  4. Drive(verb)

    to carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute

  5. Drive(verb)

    to clear, by forcing away what is contained

  6. Drive(verb)

    to dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel

  7. Drive(verb)

    to pass away; -- said of time

  8. Drive(verb)

    to rush and press with violence; to move furiously

  9. Drive(verb)

    to be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven

  10. Drive(verb)

    to go by carriage; to pass in a carriage; to proceed by directing or urging on a vehicle or the animals that draw it; as, the coachman drove to my door

  11. Drive(verb)

    to press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; -- usually with at

  12. Drive(verb)

    to distrain for rent

  13. Drive


  14. Drive(noun)

    the act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; -- distinguished from a ride taken on horseback

  15. Drive(noun)

    a place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving

  16. Drive(noun)

    violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business

  17. Drive(noun)

    in type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift

  18. Drive(noun)

    a collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river


  1. Drive

    "Drive" was the lead single and first track from American alternative rock band R.E.M.'s eighth studio album Automatic for the People in 1992. Although it was not as successful as previous lead singles "Losing My Religion," "Stand," or "The One I Love" in the United States, it became R.E.M.'s then second biggest hit on the UK Singles Charts, peaking at #11. It managed a peak of #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song did hit number one on the Modern Rock Tracks and number two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. Despite the success and popularity of the song, it was left out of the band's Warner Bros. Records "best of" compilation In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003. However, a live version of the song was included in the special edition two-disc set of In Time that included rarities, live versions, and B-sides. The version featured was the "funk" version, which has never been studio-recorded. The title itself is derived from Stipe and R.E.M.'s support for what would eventually become the "Motor Voter Bill" and the lyric "Hey, kids, rock 'n' roll" is an homage to the song "Stop It" by fellow Athens, Georgia group Pylon; Stipe has also said the song is an "obvious homage to 'Rock On' by David Essex," which features a similar line.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Drive

    A state of internal activity of an organism that is a necessary condition before a given stimulus will elicit a class of responses; e.g., a certain level of hunger (drive) must be present before food will elicit an eating response.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2260

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1252

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drive' in Nouns Frequency: #867

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'drive' in Verbs Frequency: #145

Anagrams of drive

  1. rived

  2. diver

Translations for drive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a journey in a car, especially for pleasure

We decided to go for a drive.

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