What does drive mean?

Definitions for drive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word drive.

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"


  1. Drive(v. t.)

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

  2. Drive(v. i.)

    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. Drive(n.)

    a private road; a driveway.

  4. Drive(n.)

    a strong psychological motivation to perform some activity.

  5. Drive(n.)

    (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. Drive(n.)

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

  7. Drive(n.)

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

  8. Drive(n.)

    (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. Drive(n.)

    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. Drive(n.)

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

  11. Drive(n.)

    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. 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 Hills' 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

  19. Origin: [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.

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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. rived

  2. diver

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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. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon:

    Don't drive into water.

  2. Rasha Alturki:

    My husband will drive me there.

  3. Jay Inslee:

    That's going to drive him nuts.

  4. Patrick Burkey:

    Weather coverage can drive ratings.

  5. Phillip Verleger:

    People that build houses drive trucks.

Images & Illustrations of drive

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Translations for drive

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  • 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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