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1 the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off" [syn: 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"
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" [syn: campaign, cause, crusade, movement, effort]
4 a road leading up to a private house; "they parked in the driveway" [syn: driveway, private road]
5 the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
6 hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced his drive out of bounds" [syn: driving]
7 the act of driving a herd of animals overland
8 a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; "he took the family for a drive in his new car" [syn: ride]
9 a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
10 (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
11 a wide scenic road planted with trees; "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views" [syn: parkway]
12 (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)


1 operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
2 travel or be transported in a vehicle; "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater" [syn: motor]
3 cause someone or something to move by driving; "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"
4 force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad" [syn: force, ram]
5 to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her passion"
6 cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders" [syn: repel, repulse, force back, push back, beat back] [ant: attract]
7 compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; "She finally drove him to change jobs"
8 push, propel, or press with force; "Drive a nail into the wall"
9 cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; "drive the ball far out into the field"
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" [syn: tug, labor, labour, push]
11 move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?" [syn: get, aim]
12 have certain properties when driven; "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well" [syn: ride]
13 work as a driver; "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
14 move by being propelled by a force; "The car drove around the corner"
15 urge forward; "drive the cows into the barn"
16 proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work" [syn: take]
17 strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a golfball"
18 hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically; "drive a ball"
19 excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"
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"
21 hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"
22 hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; "drive the game" [also: drove, driven]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /draɪv/, /draIv/
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  • Rhymes with: -aɪv


drīfan The original 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.


  1. To herd (animals) in a particular direction.
  2. To cause animals to flee out of.
    The beaters drove the brambles, causing a great rush of rabbits and other creatures.
  3. To move (something) by hitting it with great force.
    You drive nails into wood with a hammer.
  4. To cause (a mechanism) to operate.
    The pistons drive the crankshaft.
  5. transitive ergative To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).
  6. To motivate; to provide an incentive for.
    What drives a person to run a marathon?
  7. To compel (to do something).
    Their debts finally drove them to sell the business.
  8. To cause to become.
    This constant complaining is going to drive me to insanity.
    You are driving me crazy!
  9. intransitive cricket To hit the ball with a drive.
  10. To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.
    I drive to work every day.
  11. To convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle.
    My wife drove me to the airport.


herd (animals) in a particular direction
  • Finnish: ajaa
  • German: treiben
  • Slovak: jazdiť
  • Slovene: goniti
cause animals to flee out of
move something by hitting it with great force
cause a mechanism to operate
operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle)
to motivate
  • Finnish: motivoida
  • German: treiben
  • Hebrew: להניע (lehanya)
compel (to do something)
cause to become
  • Finnish: pakottaa, ajaa, tehdä
  • French: rendre
  • German: treiben
  • Italian: rendere
cricket: hit the ball with a drive
to travel by operating a motorized vehicle
  • Finnish: ajaa
  • French: conduire, aller
  • German: fahren
  • Hebrew: לנהוג (linhog)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: لێخوڕین
  • Slovene: voziti se
  • Swedish: köra
convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle


  1. Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition.
    Crassus had wealth and wit, but Pompey had drive and Caesar as much again.
  2. 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. 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. A trip made in a motor vehicle.
    It was a long drive.
  5. A driveway.
    The mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.
  6. A type of public roadway.
    Beverly Hills’ most famous street is Rodeo Drive.
  7. Desire or interest.
  8. A mass-storage device; as, a disk drive, a DVD drive, a flash drive
  9. A stroke made with a driver.
  10. A ball struck in a flat trajectory.
  11. 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.


  • Finnish: motivaatio, draivi
military: sustained advance
  • Finnish: eteneminen
motor that does not take fuel
  • Czech: pohon
  • Finnish: käyttö
  • German: Antrieb
a trip made in a motor vehicle
  • Finnish: ajo
  • German: Fahrt
  • Slovene: vožnja
type of public roadway
  • German: Weg
psychology: desire or interest
  • Czech: pud
  • French: pulsion
  • German: Trieb
  • Slovene: gon
computing: mass-storage device
  • Finnish: asema
  • French: lecteur
  • German: Laufwerk
golf: stroke made with a driver
  • Finnish: draivi
  • German: Abschlag, Drive
baseball: ball struck in a flat trajectory
  • Finnish: laakapallo
  • German: Drive
type of shot in cricket



Old Norse drífa


  1. to drive

Extensive Definition

Drive may refer to:

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drive in German: Laufwerk
drive in French: Drive
drive in Italian: Drive
drive in Japanese: ドライブ
drive in Portuguese: Drive

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