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Meaning & Definition of Drive in English

English

Drive

/draɪv/

noun

1. The act of applying force to propel something

  • "After reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • thrust
  • ,
  • driving force

2. A mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine

  • "A variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
    synonym:
  • drive

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • campaign
  • ,
  • cause
  • ,
  • crusade
  • ,
  • drive
  • ,
  • movement
  • ,
  • effort

4. A road leading up to a private house

  • "They parked in the driveway"
    synonym:
  • driveway
  • ,
  • drive
  • ,
  • private road

5. The trait of being highly motivated

  • "His drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
    synonym:
  • drive

6. Hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver

  • "He sliced his drive out of bounds"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • driving

7. The act of driving a herd of animals overland

    synonym:
  • drive

8. A journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

  • "He took the family for a drive in his new car"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • ride

9. A physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

    synonym:
  • drive

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

    synonym:
  • drive

11. A wide scenic road planted with trees

  • "The riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • parkway

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

    synonym:
  • drive

verb

1. Operate or control a vehicle

  • "Drive a car or bus"
  • "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
    synonym:
  • drive

2. Travel or be transported in a vehicle

  • "We drove to the university every morning"
  • "They motored to london for the theater"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • motor

3. Cause someone or something to move by driving

  • "She drove me to school every day"
  • "We drove the car to the garage"
    synonym:
  • drive

4. Force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

  • "She rammed her mind into focus"
  • "He drives me mad"
    synonym:
  • force
  • ,
  • drive
  • ,
  • ram

5. To compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

  • "She is driven by her passion"
    synonym:
  • drive

6. Cause to move back by force or influence

  • "Repel the enemy"
  • "Push back the urge to smoke"
  • "Beat back the invaders"
    synonym:
  • repel
  • ,
  • drive
  • ,
  • repulse
  • ,
  • force back
  • ,
  • push back
  • ,
  • beat back

7. Compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment

  • "She finally drove him to change jobs"
    synonym:
  • drive

8. Push, propel, or press with force

  • "Drive a nail into the wall"
    synonym:
  • drive

9. Cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force

  • "Drive the ball far out into the field"
    synonym:
  • drive

10. 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"
    synonym:
  • tug
  • ,
  • labor
  • ,
  • labour
  • ,
  • push
  • ,
  • drive

11. Move into a desired direction of discourse

  • "What are you driving at?"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • aim

12. Have certain properties when driven

  • "This car rides smoothly"
  • "My new truck drives well"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • ride

13. Work as a driver

  • "He drives a bread truck"
  • "She drives for the taxi company in newark"
    synonym:
  • drive

14. Move by being propelled by a force

  • "The car drove around the corner"
    synonym:
  • drive

15. Urge forward

  • "Drive the cows into the barn"
    synonym:
  • drive

16. Proceed along in a vehicle

  • "We drive the turnpike to work"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • take

17. Strike with a driver, as in teeing off

  • "Drive a golf ball"
    synonym:
  • drive

18. Hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally

  • "Drive a ball"
    synonym:
  • drive

19. Excavate horizontally

  • "Drive a tunnel"
    synonym:
  • drive

20. 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"
    synonym:
  • drive

21. Hunting: search for game

  • "Drive the forest"
    synonym:
  • drive

22. Hunting: chase from cover into more open ground

  • "Drive the game"
    synonym:
  • drive

Examples of using

I know how to drive a car.
If you drink, don't drive; if you drive, don't drink.
Tom loves to drive.