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  1. drive
    IPA[drīv]
  2. verb

    • 1. operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle:

      he got into his car and drove off they drove back into town
      Synonym : operate, pilot, steer, handle, manage, guide, direct, navigate, travel by car, go by car, motor, travel on wheels, tool along, bowl along, spin
    • 2. (of a motor vehicle) travel under the control of a driver:

      a car drives up, and a man gets out a stream of black cars drove by
    • 3. own or use (a specified type of motor vehicle):

      Sue drives an old Chevy
    • 4. be licensed or competent to drive a motor vehicle:

      I take it you can drive?
    • 5. convey (someone) in a vehicle, especially a private car:

      Shelley drove him to the supermarket
      Synonym : chauffeur, run, give someone a lift, take, bring, ferry, transport, convey, carry
    • 6. propel or carry along by force in a specified direction:

      the wind will drive you onshore
      Synonym : power, propel, move, push
    • 7. (of wind, water, or snow) move or fall with great force:

      the snow drove against him
    • 8. (of a source of power) provide the energy to set and keep (an engine or piece of machinery) in motion:

      turbines driven by steam
    • 9. (of a device) power or operate (another device):

      the interface can be used to drive a printer
    • 10. force (a stake or nail) into place by hitting or pushing it:

      nails are driven through the boards
    • 11. bore (a tunnel).

    • 12. (in ball games) hit or kick (the ball) hard with a free swing of the bat, racket, or foot.

    • 13. strike (a ball) from the tee, typically with a driver.

    • 14. urge or force (animals or people) to move in a specified direction:

      they drove a flock of sheep through the center of the city the French infantry were driven back
      Synonym : impel, urge, press, move, get going, herd, roundup, shepherd
    • 15. compel to leave:

      troops drove out the demonstrators he wanted to drive me away
    • 16. (of a fact or feeling) compel (someone) to act in a particular way, especially one that is considered undesirable or inappropriate:

      he was driven by ambition some people are driven to murder their tormentors
    • 17. bring (someone) forcibly into a specified negative state:

      the thought drove him to despair my laziness drives my wife crazy
    • 18. force (someone) to work to an excessive extent:

      you're driving yourself too hard
    • 19. cause (something abstract) to happen or develop:

      the consumer has been driving the economy for a number of years we need to allow market forces to drive growth in the telecommunications sector

    noun

    • 1. a trip or journey in a car:

      they went for a drive in the country
    • 2. a street or road:

      Hammond Drive
    • 3. a short road leading from a public road to a house or other building:

      from the window he could see right down the weedy drive to the front gate
    • 4. an innate, biologically determined urge to attain a goal or satisfy a need:

      emotional and sexual drives
    • 5. determination and ambition to achieve something:

      her drive has sustained her through some shattering personal experiences
      Synonym : motivation, ambition, push, single-mindedness, will power, dedication, doggedness, tenacity, enterprise, initiative, enthusiasm, zeal, commitment, aggression, aggressiveness, forcefulness, spirit, energy, vigor, verve, vitality, liveliness, vim, pep, get-up-and-go, zip, pizzazz, punch
    • 6. an organized effort by a number of people to achieve a particular purpose, often to raise money:

      we're planning a massive membership drive
    • 7. a series of offensive plays that advance the ball for the purpose of a score:

      an 80-yard scoring drive
    • 8. the transmission of power to machinery or to the wheels of a motor vehicle.

    • 9. (in a car with automatic transmission) the position of the gear selector in which the car will move forward, changing gears automatically as required:

      he threw the car into drive
    • 10. short for disk drive

    • 11. (in ball games) a forceful stroke made with a free swing of the bat, racket, or foot against the ball.

    • 12. a shot from the tee.

    • 13. an act of driving a group of animals to a particular destination.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: drive, plural noun: drives

    • v.: verb: drive, 3rd person present: drives, gerund or present participle: driving, past tense: drove, past participle: driven

    • verb

      operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle:

      (of a motor vehicle) travel under the control of a driver:

    • noun

      a trip or journey in a car:

      a street or road:

    • past participle of drive
    • adjective

      operated, moved, or controlled by a specified person or source of power:

      motivated or determined by a specified factor or feeling:

    • adjective

      (of rain or snow) falling and being blown by the wind with great force:

      having a strong and controlling influence:

    • noun

      the control and operation of a motor vehicle:
    • noun

      a herd or flock of animals being driven in a body:

      a large number of people or things doing or undergoing the same thing:

    • past of drive
    • verb

      past participle of drive
    • adjective

      operated, moved, or controlled by a specified person or source of power:

      motivated or determined by a specified factor or feeling:

    • adjective

      (of rain or snow) blown by the wind with great force:

      having a strong and controlling influence:

    • noun

      the control and operation of a motor vehicle:
    • noun

      a herd or flock of animals being driven in a body:

      a large number of people or things doing or undergoing the same thing:

    • verb

      drive (livestock, especially cattle) to market:
    • past of drive
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