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Definitions of drive

  1. cause to move back by force or influence; " repel the enemy"; " push back the urge to smoke"; " beat back the invaders"
  2. 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"
  3. have certain properties when driven; " This car rides smoothly"; " My new truck drives well"
  4. the act of applying force to propel something; " after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
  5. a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; " he took the family for a drive in his new car"
  6. the act of driving a herd of animals overland
  7. a hard straight return ( as in tennis or squash)
  8. hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; " he sliced his drive out of bounds"
  9. a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; " a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
  10. ( computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
  11. the trait of being highly motivated; " his drive and energy exhausted his co- workers"
  12. move into a desired direction of discourse; " What are you driving at?"
  13. a road leading up to a private house; " they parked in the driveway"
  14. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; " She rammed her mind into focus"; " He drives me mad"
  15. travel or be transported in a vehicle; " We drove to the university every morning"; " They motored to London for the theater"
  16. ( sports) a hard straight return ( as in tennis or squash)
  17. a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
  18. hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; " drive the game"
  19. hunting: search for game; " drive the forest"
  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. excavate horizontally; " drive a tunnel"
  22. hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically; " drive a ball"
  23. strike with a driver, as in teeing off; " drive a golfball"
  24. cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; " drive the ball far out into the field"
  25. push, propel, or press with force; " Drive a nail into the wall"
  26. compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; " She finally drove him to change jobs"
  27. proceed along in a vehicle; " We drive the turnpike to work"
  28. operate or control a vehicle; " drive a car or bus"; " Can you drive this four- wheel truck?"
  29. urge forward; " drive the cows into the barn"
  30. cause someone or something to move by driving; " She drove me to school every day"; " We drove the car to the garage"
  31. move by being propelled by a force; " The car drove around the corner"
  32. 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"
  33. work as a driver; " He drives a bread truck"; " She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
  34. to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; " She is driven by her passion"
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute.
  38. To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
  39. To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel.
  40. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously.
  41. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven.
  42. 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.
  43. To distrain for rent.
  44. Driven.
  45. A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
  46. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business.
  47. In type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift.
  48. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river.
  49. To make a drive, or stroke from the tee.
  50. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel ( the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.
  51. In various games, as tennis, cricket, etc., the act of player who drives the ball; the stroke or blow; the flight of the ball, etc., so driven.
  52. A stroke from the tee, generally a full shot made with a driver; also, the distance covered by such a stroke.
  53. An implement used for driving;
  54. A mallet.
  55. A tamping iron.
  56. A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops.
  57. A wooden- headed golf club with a long shaft, for playing the longest strokes.
  58. 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.
  59. To pass away; - said of time.
  60. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; - usually with at.
  61. The act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; - distinguished from a ride taken on horseback.
  62. To press or be moved forward with violence; travel in a carriage or motor car.
  63. The act of driving or sending forward; a strong blow; a road prepared for vehicles; a trip in a carriage or motor car; an annual gathering of cattle for branding; in military use, a violent attempt to break a line of defense by throwing an army against it.
  64. Drove.
  65. Driving.
  66. To force along: to hurry one on: to guide, as horses drawing a carriage.
  67. To press forward with violence: to be forced along: to go in a carriage: to tend towards a point:- pr. p. driving; pa. t. drove; pa. p. driven.
  68. An excursion in a carriage: a road for driving on: a strong or sweeping blow or impulsion: a matrix formed by a steel punch or die.
  69. DRIVER.
  70. Excursion in a carriage.
  71. To force along, or in; urge; guide, as horses in a carriage.
  72. To rush on; be forced along; go in a carriage; tend towards.
  73. To urge forward forcibly; impel; prosecute urgently, as a business.
  74. To convey in a carriage.
  75. To be impelled forcibly onward; press forward furiously; aim a blow; direct one's action.
  76. To ride in a carriage, or direct the animal or animals by which it is drawn.
  77. The act of driving.
  78. A road for driving. driveway.
  79. A trip in a carriage.
  80. Urgent pressure, as of business.
  81. An advance of troops in mass against an enemy.
  82. A short ride for pleasure or exercise; a course on which carriages are driven. To drive away, to force to a distance; to scatter. To drive off, to compel to remove; to drive to a distance. To drive out, to expel. To drive a bargain, to haggle about terms. Drive, in all its senses, is opposed to lead, and in all cases implies forcible or violent action.
  83. To impel or urge forward by force; to force; to force along or in any direction; to chase; to hunt; to cause to move forward and to direct course of; to convey in a carriage; to distress; to straiten; to urge; to press, as an argument; to prosecute; to carry on, as a trade.
  84. To go off in a carriage; to be forced along; to rush and press with violence; to aim at; to aim a blow.
  85. To impel or urge forward by force; to compel; to guide or regulate, as the horses in a carriage; to distress; to press; to be forced along; to rush or press with violence; to be moved by any force; to tend to; to aim at; drive is the reverse of lead.
  86. A ride or excursion in a carriage; the road passed over.

Usage examples for drive

  1. Do you want to go and take a drive with me? – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  2. Drive in and light down. – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  3. And you'll take our drive with yours? – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  4. You can't drive a girl into things!" – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  5. " Is there time to drive back? – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  6. You know as well as I do the real reason why you drive me out of your house. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  7. Perhaps you will drive yourself over? – Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories by Kathleen Norris
  8. He is not out of his mind, but has such trouble in it as might well drive him out. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  9. Without waiting for Jake to drive through the gate, she ran on down the road. – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
  10. " I was hoping it was yours so you could say you had to keep it here to drive the mice away. – Six Little Bunkers at Cousin Tom's by Laura Lee Hope
  11. She put her hands to her head to drive away the thoughts, they were familiar and so useless. – A Girl of the Klondike by Victoria Cross
  12. Can any of you drive- no! – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  13. Take her for a long drive, Sleepy! – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  14. And Hairoil Johnson'll drive 'em down in a' hour 'r so. – Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher by Eleanor Gates
  15. We had to drive from Barbeck then. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. " He must have a great soul," she said to herself over and over again during the drive home, " a great, great soul." – The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight by Elizabeth von Arnim
  17. The man will drive, and we can talk as we go along. – The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton
  18. " The dark is easy to drive away in this house," she replied. – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  19. Am I to tell him to drive on?" – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  20. It won't take us long to drive home. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
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