Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Drive
  1. the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
  2. a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; "he took the family for a drive in his new car"
  3. the act of driving a herd of animals overland
  4. (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
  5. hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver; "he sliced his drive out of bounds"
  6. 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
  7. a wide scenic road planted with trees; "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
  8. a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine; "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
  9. (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
  10. a road leading up to a private house; "they parked in the driveway"
  11. the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
  12. a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
  13. move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you driving at?"
  14. hunting: chase from cover into more open ground; "drive the game"
  15. hunting: search for game; "drive the forest"
  16. 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"
  17. excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"
  18. hit very hard and straight with the bat swinging more or less vertically; "drive a ball"
  19. strike with a driver, as in teeing off; "drive a golfball"
  20. cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
  21. cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force; "drive the ball far out into the field"
  22. push, propel, or press with force; "Drive a nail into the wall"
  23. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"
  24. compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment; "She finally drove him to change jobs"
  25. travel or be transported in a vehicle; "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater"
  26. proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work"
  27. operate or control a vehicle; "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
  28. urge forward; "drive the cows into the barn"
  29. cause someone or something to move by driving; "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"
  30. move by being propelled by a force; "The car drove around the corner"
  31. 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"
  32. work as a driver; "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
  33. to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her passion"
  34. have certain properties when driven; "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"
Similar Words: thrust, driving force, ride, driving, campaign, cause, crusade, movement, effort, parkway, driveway, private road, get, aim, repel, repulse, force back, push back, beat back, force, ram, motor, take, tug, labor, labour, push


See Also: hammer in, drill in, ram down, beat in, screw, drive in, rout out, drive out, force out, rouse, chase away, turn back, drive away, dispel, drive off, run off, press on, push on, plough on


Hyponyms: firewall, impulse, impulsion, impetus, lift, joyride, spin, cattle drive, forehand drive, backhand drive, advertising campaign, ad campaign, ad blitz, anti-war movement, consumerism, campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign, ecumenical movement, fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort, feminist movement, feminism, women's liberation movement, women's lib, gay liberation movement, gay lib, lost cause, reform, war, youth movement, youth crusade, fusee drive, fusee, CD drive, CD-ROM drive, disk drive, disc drive, hard drive, Winchester drive, external drive, internal drive, RAM disk, action, enterprise, enterprisingness, initiative, go-ahead, ambition, ambitiousness, energy, push, get-up-and-go, aggressiveness, hunger, hungriness, thirst, hypoxia, toe, toenail, coach, test drive, tool, mush, pull, drive around, chauffeur, strive, reach, strain


Grouped Verbs: repel, repulse, force back, push back, beat back, force, ram, take, motor, ride, push, bear on


Entailments: ride


Derivational Morphology: lunge, hurl, hurtle, thrust, repel, repulse, force back, push back, beat back, ride, sit, take, motor, get, aim, tug, labor, labour, push, force, ram, crusade, fight, press, campaign, agitate, drift, trend, movement, purport, cause, effort, driver, device driver, heading, gallery, driving, number one wood, rollback, rebuff, snub, repulsion, standoff, driving force, motorist, automobilist, motoring, driveway, private road, parkway, energy, get-up-and-go, toil, undertaking, project, task, laborer, manual laborer, labourer, jack


Anagrams: diver, Verdi


Language Translations:
Finnish: ajaa   French: guider  
German: fahren   Greek: οδηγώ  
Ido: vehar   Italian: guidare  
Romanian: ghida   Russian: ехать  
Slovak: riadiť   Slovene: voziti  
Spanish: conducir   Swahili: kuendesha  
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