- (transitive) To herd (animals) in a particular direction.
- (transitive, intransitive) To direct a vehicle powered by a horse, ox or similar animal.
- (transitive) To cause animals to flee out of.
- The beaters drove the brambles, causing a great rush of rabbits and other creatures.
- (transitive) To move (something) by hitting it with great force.
- You drive nails into wood with a hammer.
- (transitive) To cause (a mechanism) to operate.
- The pistons drive the crankshaft.
- (transitive, ergative) To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).
- (transitive) To motivate; to provide an incentive for.
- What drives a person to run a marathon?
- (transitive) To compel (to do something).
- Their debts finally drove them to sell the business.
- (transitive) To cause to become.
- This constant complaining is going to drive me to insanity.
- You are driving me crazy!
- (intransitive, cricket) To hit the ball with a drive.
- (intransitive) To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.
- I drive to work every day.
- (transitive) To convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle.
- My wife drove me to the airport.
- To move forcefully
NounDrive (plural Drives)
- Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition.
- (military) A sustained advance in the face of the enemy to take a strategic objective.
- A motor that does not take fuel, but instead depends on a mechanism that stores potential energy for subsequent use.
- Some old model trains have clockwork drives.
- A trip made in a motor vehicle.
- It was a long drive.
- A driveway.
- The mansion had a long, tree-lined drive.
- A type of public roadway.
- Beverly Hills’ most famous street is Rodeo Drive.
- (psychology) Desire or interest.
- (computing) An apparatus for reading and writing data to or from a mass storage device such as a disk, as a floppy drive.
- (computing) A mass storage device in which the mechanism for reading and writing data is integrated with the mechanism for storing data, as a hard drive, a flash drive.
- (golf) A stroke made with a driver.
- (baseball) A ball struck in a flat trajectory.
- (cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, and hitting it along the ground, normally between cover and midwicket.
- (soccer) A straight level shot or pass.
Adjectives for Drive
fashionable; beautiful; urban; weed-grown; gravel; jolting; scenic; cliff-skirting; magnificent; wood; curving; public; leaf-strewn; coquina; steep; winding; fatal; monster; determined; concentrated; concerted; organizational; solitary; conclusive; oppressive; phenomenal.
Verbs for Drive
(campaign) abandon—; abate—; captain—; conduct—; deadlock—; forsake—; hail—; inaugurate—; join—; lash into—; launch—; map out—; organize—; stage—; wage.
Adverbs for Drive
ridiculously; irresponsibly; oppressively; tirelessly; tensely; erratically; heedlessly; blithely; electrically; masterfully; involuntarily; cautiously; leisurely; steadily; briskly; simultaneously; helplessly; tumultuously; precipitately; grimly; drunkenly; ineptly; furiously; irresistibly; contemptuously,
- In connection with a mass-storage device, originally the word "drive" referred solely to the reading and writing mechanism. For the storage device itself, the word "disk" was used instead. This remains a valid distinction for components such as floppy drives or CD drives, in which the drive and the disk are separate and independent items. For other devices, such as hard disks and flash drives, the reading, writing and storage components are combined into an integrated whole, and can not be separated without destroying the device. In these cases, the words "disk" and "drive" are used interchangeably.
Synonyms for Drive
- (herd (animals) in a particular direction): herd
- (cause animals to flee out of):
- (move something by hitting it with great force): force, push
- (cause (a mechanism) to operate): move, operate
- (operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle)):
- (motivate, provide an incentive for): impel, incentivise/incentivize, motivate, push, urge
- (compel): compel, force, oblige, push, require
- (cause to become): make, send
- (travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle):
- (convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle): take
- guide, steer, control, conduct, thrust, direct, ride, propel, resist, coerce, actuate, incite, hurl, hammer, instigate, press, stimulate, encourage.
- (self-motivation): ambition, enthusiasm, get-up-and-go, motivation, self-motivation, verve
- (sustained advance in the face of the enemy): attack, push
- (motor that does not take fuel): engine, mechanism, motor
- (trip made in a motor vehicle): ride, spin, trip
- (driveway): approach, driveway
- (public roadway): avenue, boulevard, road, street
- (psychology: desire, interest): desire, impetus, impulse, urge
- (computing: mass-storage device): disk drive
- (golf term):
- (baseball term): line drive
- (cricket term):
Antonyms for Drive
- check, stop, retard, discourage, hinder, halt, curb, restrain, lead, repress, entice, attract, induce, incline, tug, tow, drag, haul.
Autobahn, Sunday drive, US highway, acceleration, activity, actuate, advance, advance against, advance upon, adventuresomeness, adventurousness, aggravated assault, aggression, aggressiveness, airing, alley, alleyway, allude to, ambition, ambitiousness, amperage, amphibious attack, angle, animate, appeal, appliance, approach, ardor, armed assault, armipotence, army, arterial, arterial highway, arterial street, artery, assailing, assailment, assault, attack, authority, auto, automatic response, autoroute, autostrada, avenue, bait the hook, bang, banzai attack, barnstorm, be responsible for, bear, bear down upon, bear off, bear upon, beat, beef, belt highway, beset, bicycle, bike, bind, bite, bitingness, black power, blind alley, blind impulse, blitz, blitzkrieg, bob, boost, bore, boulevard, bowl, brain wave, brainstorm, breakthrough, brute force, buck, bull, bulldoze, bump, bump against, bunch, bunt, burden, burrow, burst, bus, bustle, busy, butt, butt against, bypass, byway, cage, camino real, campaign, carriageway, carry on, carry out, carry through, catch a train, cause, cause to, causeway, causey, charge, charioteer, charisma, chase, chauffeur, chaussee, circumferential, clam, close, clout, coerce, cogence, cogency, colony, commitment, compel, compulsion, concupiscence, conduct, constrain, constraint, control, convenience, copilot, corduroy road, corral, counterattack, counteroffensive, county road, coup de main, course, court, cram, crescent, crippling attack, crowd, crusade, cul-de-sac, curiosity, cuttingness, cycle, dap, dash, dead set at, dead-end street, deal with, delve, demand, descent on, desideration, desire, determination, dib, dibble, dig, dig out, dike, dint, direct, dirt road, dive, diversion, diversionary attack, dog, dredge, drift, drift off course, drill, drive at, drive on, driveway, driving force, drove, duress, dynamism, eagerness, effect, effectiveness, effectuality, effort, egg, elbow, energy, enforce, engine, enginery, enterprise, enterprisingness, enthusiasm, entrain, excavate, excursion, exhort, exigency, expedition, expressway, facility, fag, faith, falcon, fall down, fancy, fantasy, fetch away, fire, fish, fixture, flank, flank attack, flash, fleeting impulse, flock, flower power, flurry, flush, flutter, fly, fly-fish, follow the hounds, force, force majeure, forcefulness, forge ahead, forward, fowl, freeway, frontal attack, full blast, full force, furrow, gam, gang, gas, gas attack, get at, get-up-and-get, get-up-and-go, getaway, getup, gig, ginger, give an impetus, give momentum, go, go ahead, go all out, go by rail, go fishing, go hunting, go-ahead, go-getting, go-to-itiveness, goad, gouge, gouge out, grave, gravel road, great cause, grig, grip, groove, grub, guddle, guide, gumption, gun, gut response, guts, hammer, handle, haste, have, have in mind, hawk, head-on attack, helter-skelter, herd, high-pressure, highroad, highway, highways and byways, hint at, hold, hold the reins, holy war, hope, horme, host, hound, hunt, hunt down, hurry, hurry-scurry, hurtle, hustle, impel, impellent, impelling force, impetus, imply, impressiveness, impulse, impulsion, incentive, incisiveness, incite, incitement, indicate, induce, industry, infatuate, infiltrate, infiltration, influence, initiative, inspiration, instigate, instinct, intellectual curiosity, intend, interest, interstate highway, intimate, involuntary impulse, irresistible force, issue, jab, jack, jacklight, jam, jig, jihad, jog, joggle, jolt, jostle, journey, joyride, keenness, keep busy, kennel, kick, lane, lash, launch an attack, libido, lifework, lift, lightning attack, lightning war, litter, local road, lower, lunge, lust for learning, machine, machinery, main drag, main force, main road, main strength, make, make a train, make go, make leeway, make things hum, mana, manage, maneuver, manipulate, march against, march upon, mass attack, mass movement, mean, mechanical aid, mechanical device, mechanism, megadeath, mews, might, might and main, mightiness, mind, mine, mobilize, moil, moment, momentum, mordancy, motivate, motive power, motor, motorcycle, motorway, mount an attack, move, movement, moxie, mugging, muscle power, natural impulse, need, nervosity, nervousness, net, not let go, notion, nudge, oblige, obsess, offense, offensive, onset, onslaught, open an offensive, operate, oppress, outing, overdrive, overkill, overtask, overtax, overwork, pack, panzer warfare, parkway, passion, pave, paved road, pay off, pedal, peel off, pep, pepper, perform on, persistence, pickup, pike, pile drive, pilot, pinch, piss and vinegar, pitch, pizzazz, place, plank road, play, pleasure, pleasure principle, plunge, pod, poignancy, poke, pole, poop, possess, potence, potency, potentiality, pound, power, power pack, power plant, power source, power structure, power struggle, powerfulness, practice, preoccupy, prepotency, press, press on, pressure, prick, pride, primary highway, principle, private road, proceed, prod, productiveness, productivity, propel, propelling, propelment, propulsion, prowl after, puissance, pull, pulsion, punch, punch cattle, push, pushfulness, pushiness, pushing, pushingness, put in motion, quarry, quick hunch, quickening, race, ram, ram down, rash impulse, rattle, reason for being, refer to, reflex, require, restrain, ride, ride herd on, ride to hounds, right-of-way, ring road, road, roadbed, roadway, roll, round up, route nationale, row, royal road, run, run against, run at, rush, sag, sally, sap, scamper, school, scoop, scoop out, scrabble, scramble, scrape, scratch, scurry, scuttle, see to, seine, send, set agoing, set going, set in motion, sexual desire, shake, shepherd, shikar, shoal, shock tactics, shoot, shoot ahead, shoulder, shove, shovel, shoving, shrimp, shunt, sic, sinew, sinewiness, sink, skulk, sloth, snap, solo, sortie, spade, speed, speedup, speedway, spin, spirit, sport, spunk, spur, stab, stalk, stamp, starch, start, state highway, steam, steer, step lively, step-up, stick, still-fish, still-hunt, strain, street, strength, stress, strike, strive, strong arm, strong language, sudden thought, suggest, superhighway, superiority, superpower, sweat, sweep, sweep along, take a joyride, take care of, take the helm, tamp, task, tax, taxi, terrace, thirst for knowledge, thoroughfare, through street, thrust, thruway, tie, toil, toll road, tool, torch, tour, township road, track, trail, travel, trawl, treadle, trench, trenchancy, trip, troll, troop, trough, trundle, tug, tunnel, turn, turnpike, unprovoked assault, up-and-comingness, urge, urgency, use force upon, utility, validity, vehemence, velocity, venturesomeness, venturousness, verve, vigor, vigorousness, vim, virility, virtue, virulence, vitality, want, wanting, war, wattage, weight, whale, wheel, whip, whip on, whirl, will, will and pleasure, wish, wish fulfillment, work, wrangle, wynd, yaw, yaw off, zeal, zing, zip
Old English drīfan, originally meaning was more like "to push". The modern senses can all be seen to derive from this. For example, carts were driven (pushed) or drawn (pulled) long before automobiles were invented.
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- IPA: /driːvə/, [d̥ʁiːwə]
From English drive.
- drive (psychology: desire or interest, self-motivation)
Drive n. (singular definite Drivet, plural indefinite Drive)
- drive (golf: stroke made with a driver)
- first-person singular present indicative of driver
- third-person singular present indicative of driver
- first-person singular present subjunctive of driver
- first-person singular present subjunctive of driver
- second-person singular imperative of driver