What does Drive mean?

Definitions for Drive

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Drive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drive, thrust, driving forcenoun

    the act of applying force to propel something

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

  2. drivenoun

    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, effortnoun

    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 roadnoun

    a road leading up to a private house

    "they parked in the driveway"

  5. drivenoun

    the trait of being highly motivated

    "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

  6. drive, drivingnoun

    hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver

    "he sliced his drive out of bounds"

  7. drivenoun

    the act of driving a herd of animals overland

  8. drive, ridenoun

    a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

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

  9. drivenoun

    a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

  10. drivenoun

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

  11. drive, parkwaynoun

    a wide scenic road planted with trees

    "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"

  12. driveverb

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

  13. driveverb

    operate or control a vehicle

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

  14. drive, motorverb

    travel or be transported in a vehicle

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

  15. driveverb

    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, ramverb

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

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

  17. driveverb

    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 backverb

    cause to move back by force or influence

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

  19. driveverb

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

    "She finally drove him to change jobs"

  20. driveverb

    push, propel, or press with force

    "Drive a nail into the wall"

  21. driveverb

    cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force

    "drive the ball far out into the field"

  22. tug, labor, labour, push, driveverb

    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, aimverb

    move into a desired direction of discourse

    "What are you driving at?"

  24. drive, rideverb

    have certain properties when driven

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

  25. driveverb

    work as a driver

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

  26. driveverb

    move by being propelled by a force

    "The car drove around the corner"

  27. driveverb

    urge forward

    "drive the cows into the barn"

  28. drive, takeverb

    proceed along in a vehicle

    "We drive the turnpike to work"

  29. driveverb

    strike with a driver, as in teeing off

    "drive a golf ball"

  30. driveverb

    hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally

    "drive a ball"

  31. driveverb

    excavate horizontally

    "drive a tunnel"

  32. driveverb

    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. driveverb

    hunting: search for game

    "drive the forest"

  34. driveverb

    hunting: chase from cover into more open ground

    "drive the game"


  1. Driveverb

    to operate (a vehicle) while it is on motion, by manipulating the controls, such as the steering, propulsion, and braking mechanisms.

  2. Driveverb

    to go from one place to another in a vehicle, serving as the operator of the vehicle; to drive a vehicle from one location to another. He drove from New York to Boston in four hours.

  3. Drivenoun

    a private road; a driveway.

  4. Drivenoun

    a strong psychological motivation to perform some activity.

  5. Drivenoun

    (Computers) a device for reading or writing data from or to a data storage medium, as a disk drive, a tape drive, a CD drive, etc.

  6. Drivenoun

    an organized effort by a group to accomplish a goal within a limited period of time; as, a fund-raising drive.

  7. Drivenoun

    a physiological function of an organism motivating it to perform specific behaviors; as, the sex drive.

  8. Drivenoun

    (Football) the period during which one team sustains movement of the ball toward the opponent's goal without losing possession of the ball; as, a long drive downfield.

  9. Drivenoun

    an act of driving a vehicle, especially an automobile; the journey undertaken by driving an automobile; as, to go for a drive in the country.

  10. Drivenoun

    the mechanism which causes the moving parts of a machine to move; as, a belt drive.

  11. Drivenoun

    the way in which the propulsive force of a vehicle is transmitted to the road; as, a car with four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, etc.


  1. drivenoun

    Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition.

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

  2. drivenoun

    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. drivenoun

    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. drivenoun

    A trip made in a motor vehicle.

    It was a long drive.

  5. drivenoun

    A driveway.

    The mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.

  6. drivenoun

    A type of public roadway.

    Beverly Hills' most famous street is Rodeo Drive.

  7. drivenoun

    Desire or interest.

  8. drivenoun

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

  9. drivenoun

    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. driveverb

    To herd (animals) in a particular direction.

  11. driveverb

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

  12. driveverb

    To cause animals to flee out of.

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

  13. driveverb

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

    You drive nails into wood with a hammer.

  14. driveverb

    To cause (a mechanism) to operate.

    The pistons drive the crankshaft.

  15. driveverb

    To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).

  16. driveverb

    To motivate; to provide an incentive for.

    What drives a person to run a marathon?

  17. driveverb

    To compel (to do something).

    Their debts finally drove them to sell the business.

  18. driveverb

    To cause to become.

  19. drivenoun

    A stroke made with a driver.

  20. drivenoun

    A ball struck in a flat trajectory.

  21. drivenoun

    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. drivenoun

    A straight level shot or pass.

  23. drivenoun

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

  24. driveverb

    To hit the ball with a drive.

  25. driveverb

    To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.

    I drive to work every day.

  26. driveverb

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

    My wife drove me to the airport.

  27. driveverb

    To move forcefully

  28. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DRIVEverb

    preterite drove, anciently drave; part. pass driven, or drove.

    Etymology: dreiban, Gothick; drifan , Saxon; dryven, Dutch.

    On helmets, helmets throng,
    Shield press’d on shield, and man drove man along. Alexander Pope.

    Driven from his native land to foreign grounds,
    He with a gen’rous rage resents his wounds. John Dryden, Virg.

    His ignominious flight the victors boast,
    Beaux banish beaux, and swordknots swordknots drive. Alexander Pope.

    Time drives the flocks from field to fold,
    When rivers rage and rocks grow cold. William Shakespeare, M. W. of Win.

    Fate has driven ’em all
    Into the net. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    He stood and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations. Heb. iii. 6.

    He took off their chariot wheels, that they drove them heavily. Ex. xiv. 25.

    There find a herd of heifers, wand’ring o’er
    The neighb’ring hill, and drive ’em to the shore. Addison.

    We come not with design of wasteful prey,
    To drive the country, force the swains away. John Dryden, Virg.

    He driven to dismount, threatned, if I did not the like, to do as much for my horse as fortune had done for his. Philip Sidney.

    They did not think that tyranny was thoroughly extinguished, ’till they had driven one of their consuls to depart the city, against whom they found not in the world what to object, saving only that his name was Tarquin. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    He was driven by the necessities of times, more than led by his own disposition to rigour. Charles I .

    This kind of speech is in the manner of desperate men far driven. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    He taught the gospel rather than the law,
    And forc’d himself to drive; but lov’d to draw. Dryden.

    I drave my suitor from his mad humour of love to a living humour of madness. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Discontents drave men into slidings. Charles I .

    Lord Cottington, being master of temper, and of the most profound dissimulation, knew too well how to lead him into a mistake, and then drive him into choler. Edward Hyde.

    It is better to marry than to burn, says St. Paul; where we may see what drives men into a conjugal life: a little burning pushes us more powerfully than greater pleasures in prospect. John Locke.

    The experiment of wood that shineth in the dark, we have diligently driven and pursued; the rather for that, of all things that give light here below, it is the most durable, and hath least apparent motion. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 352.

    We have thus the proper notions of the four elements, and both them and their qualities, driven up and resolved into their most simple principles. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

    To drive the argument farther, let us inquire into the obvious designs of this divine architect. George Cheyne, Phil. Princ.

    The design of these orators was to drive some particular point, either the condemnation or acquittal. Jonathan Swift.

    As a farmer cannot husband his ground so well, if he sit at a great rent; so the merchant cannot drive his trade so well, if he sit at great usury. Francis Bacon, Essay 42.

    The bees have common cities of their own,
    And common son, beneath one law they live,
    And with one common stock their traffick drive. Dryden.

    Your Pasimond a lawless bargain drove,
    The parent could not sell the daughter’s love. Dryden.

    The trade of life cannot be driven without partners. Collier.

    The one’s in the plot, let him be never so innocent; and the other is as white as the driven snow, let him be never so criminal. Roger L'Estrange.

    Tumults and their exciters drave myself and many of both houses out of their places. Charles I .

    As soon as they heard the name of Roscetes, they forthwith drave out their governour, and received the Turks into the town. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

  2. To Driveverb

    The needle endeavours to conform unto the meridian; but being distracted, driveth that way where the greater and powerfuller part of the earth is placed. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii.

    Love, fixt to one, still safe at anchor rides,
    And dares the fury of the winds and tides;
    But losing once that hold, to the wide ocean born,
    It drives away at will, to every wave a scorn. Dryden.

    Nor with the rising storm would vainly strive;
    But left the helm, and let the vessel drive. John Dryden, Æn.

    Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails,
    And rent the sheets. John Dryden, Æn.

    Near as he draws, thick harbingers of smoke,
    With gloomy pillars, cover all the place;
    Whose little intervals of night are broke,
    By sparks that drive against his sacred face. John Dryden, Ann. Mir.

    Then with so swift an ebb the flood drove backward,
    It slipt from underneath the scaly herd. John Dryden, All for Love.

    The bees drive out upon each other’s backs,
    T’ imboss their hives in clusters. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    While thus he stood,
    Perithous’ dart drove on, and nail’d him to the wood. Dryd.

    As a ship, which winds and waves assail,
    Now with the current drives, now with the gale;
    She feels a double force, by turns obeys
    The imperious tempest, and th’ impetuous seas. Dryden.

    The wolves scampered away, however, as hard as they could drive. Roger L'Estrange.

    Thick as autumnal leaves, or driving sand,
    The moving squadrons blacken all the strand. Alexander Pope, Iliad.

    There is a litter ready; lay him in’t,
    And drive tow’rd Dover. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Thy flaming chariot wheels, that shook
    Heav’n’s everlasting frame, while o’er the necks
    Thou drov’st of warring angels disarray’d. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Our first apprehensions are instructed in authors, which drive at these as the highest elegancies which are but the frigidities of wit. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 9.

    We cannot widely mistake his discourse, when we have found out the point he drives at. John Locke.

    They look no further before them than the next line; whence it will inevitably follow, that they can drive to no certain point, but ramble from one subject to another. Dryd.

    We have done our work, and are come within view of the end that we have been driving at. Joseph Addison, on the War.

    Four rogues in buckram let drive at me. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    At Auxur’s shield he drove, and at the blow
    Both shield and arm to ground together go. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. Drive

    Drive is the debut extended play by New Zealand musician Bic Runga, released in New Zealand in 1995. The EP peaked at number 10 on the RIANZ charts in March 1996. In 1996, the title track won Runga an APRA Silver Scroll award for song writing.


  1. drive

    Drive can be defined as a strong motivation or desire to achieve a particular goal or outcome. It is an internal force that fuels and energizes individuals to take action, persevere through obstacles, and maintain focus in order to achieve success. Drive is often characterized by determination, ambition, and a willingness to make sacrifices in pursuit of one's objectives. It is a crucial factor in personal and professional growth and can be influenced by various factors such as personal values, aspirations, and external incentives.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Driveverb

    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. Driveverb

    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. Driveverb

    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. Driveverb

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

  5. Driveverb

    to clear, by forcing away what is contained

  6. Driveverb

    to dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel

  7. Driveverb

    to pass away; -- said of time

  8. Driveverb

    to rush and press with violence; to move furiously

  9. Driveverb

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

  10. Driveverb

    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. Driveverb

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

  12. Driveverb

    to distrain for rent

  13. Drive


  14. Drivenoun

    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. Drivenoun

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

  16. Drivenoun

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

  17. Drivenoun

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

  18. Drivenoun

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

  19. Etymology: [AS. drfan; akin to OS. drban, D. drijven, OHG. trban, G. treiben, Icel. drfa, Goth. dreiban. Cf. Drift, Drove.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drive

    drīv, v.t. to force along: to hurry one on: to guide, as horses drawing a carriage: to convey or carry in a carriage: to force in, as nails with a hammer: to push briskly: to urge, as a point of argument, a bargain, &c.: to compel: to send away with force, as a ball in cricket, golf, tennis: to chase game towards sportsmen.—v.i. to press forward with violence: to be forced along, as a ship before the wind: to go in a carriage: to tend towards a point: to strike at with a sword, the fist, &c.:—pr.p. drīv′ing; pa.t. drōve; pa.p. driv′en.—n. an excursion in a carriage: a road for driving on: the propelling of a ball in cricket, &c.: the chasing of game towards the shooters, or the sport so obtained, or the ground over which the game is driven: urgent pressure: pushing the sale of a special article by reduction of prices.—ns. Driv′er, one who or that which drives, in all senses: a club used in golf to propel the ball from the teeing-ground; Driv′ing-band, the band or strap which communicates motion from one machine, or part of a machine, to another; Driv′ing-shaft, a shaft from a driving-wheel communicating motion, to machinery; Driv′ing-wheel, a main wheel that communicates motion to other wheels: one of the main wheels in a locomotive.—Drive feathers, down, to separate the lighter from the heavier by exposing them to a current of air.—Drive to one's wits' end, to perplex utterly.—Let drive, to aim a blow. [A.S drífan, to drive; Ger. treiben, to push.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. drive

    To control, direct and manage a vehicle.

    They loved to drive in turns as they both could drive.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. drive

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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 for Drive »

  1. diver

  2. rived

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Drive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Drive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Drive in a Sentence

  1. Clive Williams:

    To drive a car into a group of policemen takes no planning whatsoever, it's a lot different from what Al Qaeda was encouraging people to do, which was to do sophisticated bombings which would result in lots of casualties but took lots of preparation and organization. There was a better chance of detecting them, but they were more dangerous -- whereas these are less detectable but less dangerous.

  2. Dana White:

    What can an efficient, confidence-building salon do for women who look like me ? That's my' why,' that's the drive. I'm just so excited to be a revolution in haircare.

  3. Portland Police:

    Believing his story, the two women agreed to let Winklebleck drive them home in their car because he said he worked for the police and it was his job to get them home.

  4. Alissa Vitti:

    Too much cortisol equals lower testosterone, sex drive and response.

  5. Peter Tuz:

    The earnings were OK but not positive enough, nor was the guidance, to really drive the market up like it went up yesterday and the day before.

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Translations for Drive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • قاد, ساقَArabic
  • гнаць, ганя́цьBelarusian
  • стимул, возене, гоня́, задвижвам, мотивирам, принуждавам, карамBulgarian
  • conduirCatalan, Valencian
  • příjezdový, cesta, tažení, náhon, pud, mechanika, tah na bránu, projížďka, řídit, hnátCzech
  • køreDanish
  • Weg, Laufwerk, Drive, Abschlag, Fahrt, Zufahrt, Trieb, Antrieb, Auffahrt, Einfahrt, schlagen, einschlagen, treiben, fahren, antreibenGerman
  • οδηγώGreek
  • guiar, manejar, motivar, conducir, llevarSpanish
  • sõitma, juhtimaEstonian
  • روندن, انگیختن, واداشتن, راندن, برانگیختنPersian
  • tie, asema, laakapallo, eteneminen, käyttö, massamuisti, ajuri, draivi, motivaatio, ajo, kuljettaa, iskeä, ohjata, pyörittää, pakottaa, ajaa, tehdä, paimentaa, lyödä, käyttää, motivoida, kuskataFinnish
  • avancée, lecteur, motivation, volonté, offensive, pulsion, rendre, conduire, battre, chasser, pousser, aller, guider, enfoncer, emmenerFrench
  • céide, tiomáinIrish
  • clàr-inneal, iomain, sligheScottish Gaelic
  • immanManx
  • הניע, נהג, הסיעHebrew
  • चलानाHindi
  • vezet, hajt, autózik, hajtásHungarian
  • penggerakIndonesian
  • veharIdo
  • akaIcelandic
  • guidare, condurre, rendereItalian
  • ドライブ, 気迫, 運転, 追う, 打ち込む, 駆るJapanese
  • 드라이브, 운전하다Korean
  • لێخوڕینKurdish
  • coegiLatin
  • varyti, įvarytiLithuanian
  • uruhi, taraiwa, haukuru, tāwhiuMāori
  • го́ниMacedonian
  • samendrijven, drijven, indrijven, aandrijven, motiveren, maken, voortdrijven, besturen, rijden, pendelenDutch
  • køyra, køyreNorwegian Nynorsk
  • kjøreNorwegian
  • menarOccitan
  • wbić, gnać, wbijać, napędPolish
  • desejo, tanger, dirigir, tocar, conduzirPortuguese
  • charrarRomansh
  • mâna, conduce, ghidaRomanian
  • напористость, драйв, пое́здка, накопитель, побуждение, стимул, езда́, проезд, дисковод, подъездная дорога, гнать, гоня́ть, заби́ть, води́ть, управля́ть, сподвигать, везти́, забива́ть, вести́, е́хать, е́здить, вози́тьRussian
  • го̀нити, gònitiSerbo-Croatian
  • hnať, šoférovať, riadiťSlovak
  • vožnja, dovoz, gon, voziti, gonitiSlovene
  • drift, driv, tur, tåg, fälttåg, infart, uppfart, drivkraft, drev, färd, kampanj, åktur, väg, drivenhet, köra, valla, driva, åka, framföra, driva på, sporraSwedish
  • kuendeshaSwahili
  • sürücüTurkish
  • ганя́ти, гна́тиUkrainian
  • چلاناUrdu
  • lái xeVietnamese
  • Chinese

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    occurring from time to time
    A occasional
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    C aligned
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