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 wide scenic road planted with trees; " the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
  10. a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; " a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
  11. ( computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
  12. the trait of being highly motivated; " his drive and energy exhausted his co- workers"
  13. move into a desired direction of discourse; " What are you driving at?"
  14. a road leading up to a private house; " they parked in the driveway"
  15. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; " She rammed her mind into focus"; " He drives me mad"
  16. travel or be transported in a vehicle; " We drove to the university every morning"; " They motored to London for the theater"
  17. ( sports) a hard straight return ( as in tennis or squash)
  18. a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
  19. hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; " drive the game"
  20. hunting: search for game; " drive the forest"
  21. 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"
  22. excavate horizontally; " drive a tunnel"
  23. hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically; " drive a ball"
  24. strike with a driver, as in teeing off; " drive a golfball"
  25. cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; " drive the ball far out into the field"
  26. push, propel, or press with force; " Drive a nail into the wall"
  27. compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; " She finally drove him to change jobs"
  28. proceed along in a vehicle; " We drive the turnpike to work"
  29. operate or control a vehicle; " drive a car or bus"; " Can you drive this four- wheel truck?"
  30. urge forward; " drive the cows into the barn"
  31. cause someone or something to move by driving; " She drove me to school every day"; " We drove the car to the garage"
  32. move by being propelled by a force; " The car drove around the corner"
  33. 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"
  34. work as a driver; " He drives a bread truck"; " She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
  35. to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; " She is driven by her passion"
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute.
  39. To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
  40. To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel.
  41. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously.
  42. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven.
  43. 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.
  44. To distrain for rent.
  45. Driven.
  46. A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
  47. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business.
  48. In type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift.
  49. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river.
  50. To make a drive, or stroke from the tee.
  51. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel ( the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.
  52. 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.
  53. A stroke from the tee, generally a full shot made with a driver; also, the distance covered by such a stroke.
  54. An implement used for driving;
  55. A mallet.
  56. A tamping iron.
  57. A cooper's hammer for driving on barrel hoops.
  58. A wooden- headed golf club with a long shaft, for playing the longest strokes.
  59. 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.
  60. To pass away; - said of time.
  61. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; - usually with at.
  62. The act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; - distinguished from a ride taken on horseback.
  63. 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.
  64. To urge forward by force; propel; give motion to; contro; the motion of, as horses attached to a carriage: hence, to carry in a vehicle; to carry through: as, to drive a bargain; to put into a certain state; as, to drive one crazy.
  65. To press or be moved forward with violence; travel in a carriage or motor car.
  66. 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.
  67. Drove.
  68. Driving.
  69. To force along: to hurry one on: to guide, as horses drawing a carriage.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. DRIVER.
  73. Excursion in a carriage.
  74. To force along, or in; urge; guide, as horses in a carriage.
  75. To rush on; be forced along; go in a carriage; tend towards.
  76. To urge forward forcibly; impel; prosecute urgently, as a business.
  77. To convey in a carriage.
  78. To be impelled forcibly onward; press forward furiously; aim a blow; direct one's action.
  79. To ride in a carriage, or direct the animal or animals by which it is drawn.
  80. The act of driving.
  81. A road for driving. driveway.
  82. A trip in a carriage.
  83. Urgent pressure, as of business.
  84. An advance of troops in mass against an enemy.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. To go off in a carriage; to be forced along; to rush and press with violence; to aim at; to aim a blow.
  88. 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.
  89. A ride or excursion in a carriage; the road passed over.

Quotes of drive

  1. I don't know how to drive a car. – Javier Bardem
  2. Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger. – Saint Basil
  3. For too long, our country's version of an energy policy has consisted of Americans waking up every day and wondering how much it will cost to drive to work, how much it will cost to keep their business running, how much it will cost to heat or cool their homes. – Bob Beauprez
  4. Drive -in banks were established so most of the cars today could see their real owners. – E. Joseph Cossman
  5. My wife wants sex in the back of the car and she wants me to drive – Rodney Dangerfield
  6. I learned to approach racing like a game of billiards. If you bash the ball too hard, you get nowhere. As you handle the cue properly, you drive with more finesse. – Juan Manuel Fangio
  7. First of all I thought it was ugly, I thought it was ridiculous that undercover police guys would drive a striped tomato and I've never been a big champion of Ford. – Paul M. Glaser
  8. The drive toward economic nationalism is only part of the general revival of nationalism. – Arthur Henderson
  9. Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive go so much further than people with vastly superior talent. – Sophia Loren
  10. If you're suddenly doing something you don't want to do for four years, just so you've got something to fall back on, by the time you come out you don't have that 16 -year -old drive any more and you'll spend your life doing something you never wanted to do in the first place. – Ewan McGregor
  11. Too many people feel that where you start out dictates where you should end up. I was on welfare and just shy of 19 when my first daughter was born, but I was encouraged to take advantage of my ability and drive and remained in school. – Gwen Moore
  12. We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to happen. – Barack Obama
  13. I have quite a lot of fans in Holland because that is where my mother is from, in fact I have a fan club there, and the fans don't always get the chance to see us drive the cars because getting to races across Europe isn't always possible for them. – Nelson Piquet
  14. You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don't think you are gay. It's enough to drive you crazy. – Portia de Rossi
  15. Much as I cared for Joseph Kennedy, he was a classic example of that person in the arts with lots of brains and drive but little taste or talent. – Gloria Swanson

Usage examples for drive

  1. The man will drive and we can talk as we go along. – The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton
  2. And you'll take our drive with yours? – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  3. " 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
  4. It won't take us long to drive home. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
  5. Do you want to go and take a drive with me? – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  6. Without waiting for Jake to drive through the gate, she ran on down the road. – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
  7. Am I to tell him to drive on?" – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  8. You can't drive a girl into things!" – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  9. Can any of you drive no! – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  10. And Hairoil Johnson'll drive 'em down in a' hour 'r so. – Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher by Eleanor Gates
  11. " The dark is easy to drive away in this house," she replied. – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  12. Drive in and light down. – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  13. " 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
  14. " Is there time to drive back? – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  15. We had to drive from Barbeck then. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. 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
  17. Perhaps you will drive yourself over? – Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories by Kathleen Norris
  18. Take her for a long drive Sleepy! – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  19. 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
  20. You know as well as I do the real reason why you drive me out of your house. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai

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