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drive

 
 
pronunciation:
draIv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
grammatical pattern:
verb smby + adj., verb smby + inf.
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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.[verb smby + adj. ]
similar words:
incite, make
definition 6: to compel or severely pressure (someone) to do something.
Poverty drove them to beg for food.[verb smby + inf. ] What do you think drove her to take her own life?[verb smby + inf. ] His father drove him to work harder than he had any desire to do.[verb smby + inf. ]
synonyms:
compel, force
similar words:
induce, make, press, pressure
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to move forward forcefully or quickly.
The nail drove through the wood.
similar words:
advance, cart, press, push, thrust
definition 2: 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 3: 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
definition 4: to make a strong effort to reach a goal.
The company is driving hard to get the product on the market this summer.
synonyms:
push, strive
similar words:
aim, try
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of driving.
The drive of the spike split the log in two.
synonyms:
moving, pushing
definition 2: a trip, usu. in a car or other vehicle.
We took a drive around the lake.
synonyms:
ride, trip
similar words:
excursion, jaunt, joy ride, outing, run, spin, whirl
definition 3: a forceful pushing.
Her excellent drive put her ball close to the green.
similar words:
propulsion, push, shove, thrust
definition 4: a roadway designed for vehicles to travel on.
They're building new houses on Overlook Drive.
synonyms:
road, roadway
similar words:
avenue, boulevard, byway, driveway, street, thoroughfare
definition 5: a strong psychological motivation.
She is talented but does not have the drive to succeed.
synonyms:
motivation
similar words:
ambition, desire, urge
definition 6: a quality of aggressiveness or forcefulness.
He goes after what he wants with great drive.
synonyms:
aggressiveness, forcefulness
similar words:
ambition, enterprise, initiative
definition 7: an organized effort to reach a goal, esp. to raise money.
Some parents started a fund drive to help the school.
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