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drive

drive

 
 
pronunciation:
draIv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: drives, driving, drove, driven
definition 1: to cause to move through air or a substance by force.
I drove the nail into the wood.She drove a spike into the ground with a hammer.The golfer drove the ball three hundred yards.
synonyms:
impel, push
similar words:
advance, bore, hammer, move, power, propel, rout, run, shove, thrust, urge
definition 2: to operate (a vehicle).
Can you drive a truck?
synonyms:
operate
similar words:
run
definition 3: to transport or carry in a vehicle.
I will drive her to the theater.
synonyms:
take
similar words:
carry, chauffeur, ferry, transport
definition 4: to strain the endurance of.
You are driving the workers too hard.
synonyms:
overtax, overwork
similar words:
ride, strain, tax, work
definition 5: to cause to be in a certain condition.
He drives me insane with his insinuations.
similar words:
incite, make
definition 6: to compel or severely pressure (someone) to do something.
Poverty drove them to beg for food.What do you think drove her to take her own life?His father drove him to work harder than he had any desire to do.
synonyms:
compel, force
similar words:
induce, make, press, pressure
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to push along or be pushed along forcefully.
similar words:
advance, cart, crowd, press, push, thrust
definition 2: to make a strong effort to reach a goal.
synonyms:
push, strive
similar words:
aim, try
definition 3: to operate a car or other vehicle.
My daughter is very excited about learning how to drive.There are stiff penalties for driving while intoxicated.
similar words:
cart, motor
definition 4: to travel in a car, truck, or other private motor vehicle.
A lot of people drive to work instead of taking the bus.We usually drive down to Florida to see the family, but this year we're flying.
synonyms:
ride
similar words:
motor, travel
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of driving.
synonyms:
moving, pushing
definition 2: a trip, usu. in a car or other vehicle.
synonyms:
ride, trip
similar words:
excursion, jaunt, joy ride, outing, run, spin, whirl
definition 3: a forceful pushing.
similar words:
propulsion, push, shove, thrust
definition 4: a roadway designed for vehicles to travel on.
synonyms:
road, roadway
similar words:
avenue, boulevard, byway, driveway, street, thoroughfare
definition 5: a strong psychological motivation.
synonyms:
motivation
similar words:
ambition, desire, urge
definition 6: a quality of aggressiveness or forcefulness.
He has great drive.
synonyms:
aggressiveness, forcefulness
similar words:
ambition, enterprise, initiative
definition 7: an organized effort to reach a goal, esp. to raise money.
the scholarship fund drive
synonyms:
campaign
similar words:
crusade, fund-raiser
definition 8: a device that allows a computer to copy data to and from a disc, DVD, or other storage medium, consisting of a motor and heads for finding and copying data.
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derivation: drivable (driveable) (adj.)
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  • driveway:
    a road that leads from a street to a building.
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  car, transportation, vehicle