drive

To drive is to operate or travel in a motor vehicle. You can drive a car, a bus, or a go-kart.

Drive is one of those multi-functioning words with a lot of uses. In a very general sense it relates to pushing, or a push in a direction; drive and go go hand in hand. You could drive across country, drive cattle on a cattle drive, drive a golf ball by hitting it off a tee, drive prey into the open, clean your computer’s hard drive, or drive someone crazy. But do you really have the drive to do all that?

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: drive

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vn
operate or control a vehicle
a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
2
vn
push, propel, or press with force
the act of applying force to propel something
3
vn
strive and make an effort to reach a goal
a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: drive
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v operate or control a vehicle

drive a car or bus”
“Can you drive this four-wheel truck?”
Synonyms
take
proceed along in a vehicle
ride
have certain properties when driven
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coach
drive a coach
test drive
test a vehicle by driving it
tool
drive
pull
move into a certain direction
Type of:
control, operate
handle and cause to function

v travel or be transported in a vehicle

“We drove to the university every morning”
Synonyms:
motor
take
proceed along in a vehicle
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v proceed along in a vehicle

“We drive the turnpike to work”
Synonyms:
take
motor
travel or be transported in a vehicle
Type of:
cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse
travel across or pass over

v move by being propelled by a force

“The car drove around the corner”
Types:
pull
move into a certain direction
cut in
drive in front of another vehicle leaving too little space for that vehicle to maneuver comfortably
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v cause someone or something to move by driving

“She drove me to school every day”
“We drove the car to the garage”
Synonyms
take
proceed along in a vehicle
Types:
pull
steer into a certain direction
chauffeur, drive around
drive someone in a vehicle
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v have certain properties when driven

“My new truck drives well”
Synonyms:
ride
ride
be carried or travel on or in a vehicle

v work as a driver

“He drives a bread truck”
“She drives for the taxi company in Newark”
Type of:
do work, work
be employed

n a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

“he took the family for a drive in his new car”
Synonyms:
ride
Types:
lift
a ride in a car
joyride
a ride in a car taken solely for pleasure
spin
a short drive in a car
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another

n a wide scenic road planted with trees

“the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views”
Synonyms:
parkway
Type of:
road, route
an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

n a road leading up to a private house

Synonyms:
driveway, private road
Type of:
road, route
an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
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v push, propel, or press with force

Drive a nail into the wall”
Type of:
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force

v cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force

drive the ball far out into the field”
Synonyms
beat back, force back, push back, repel, repulse
cause to move back by force or influence
Type of:
throw
propel through the air

v hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally

drive a ball”
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v strike with a driver, as in teeing off

drive a golf ball”
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v urge forward

drive the cows into the barn”
Types:
mush
drive (a team of dogs or a dogsled)
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

v cause to move back by force or influence

Synonyms:
beat back, force back, push back, repel, repulse
Antonyms:
attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
draw in, retract
pull inward or towards a center
curl, curl up, draw in
shape one's body into a curl
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Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

v hunting: search for game

drive the forest”
Type of:
hunt, hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

v hunting: chase from cover into more open ground

drive the game”
Type of:
hunt, hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

v excavate horizontally

drive a tunnel”
Type of:
dig, excavate, hollow
remove the inner part or the core of

v 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”
Type of:
power
supply the force or power for the functioning of

v force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

“He drives me mad”
Synonyms:
force, ram
Types:
toe, toenail
drive obliquely
Type of:
thrust
push forcefully

v to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

“She is driven by her passion”
Synonyms
force, ram
force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
Type of:
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"

n the act of applying force to propel something

“after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off”
Synonyms:
driving force, thrust
Types:
firewall
(colloquial) the application of maximum thrust
impetus, impulse, impulsion
the act of applying force suddenly
Type of:
actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

n a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine

“a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds”
Types:
fusee, fusee drive
a spirally grooved spindle in a clock that counteracts the diminishing power of the uncoiling mainspring
Type of:
mechanism
device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

n the act of driving a herd of animals overland

Types:
cattle drive
driving a bovine herd (as cows or bulls or steers)
Type of:
conveyance, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation
the act of moving something from one location to another

n (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)

Types:
forehand drive
(sports) hard straight return made on the forehand side (as in tennis or badminton or squash)
backhand drive
a hard straight return made on the backhand side
Type of:
return
a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player

n hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver

“he sliced his drive out of bounds”
Synonyms:
driving
Type of:
golf shot, golf stroke, swing
the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

n (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium

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CD drive
a drive that reads a compact disc and that is connected to an audio system
CD-ROM drive
a drive that is connected to a computer and on which a CD-ROM can be `played'
Winchester drive, disc drive, disk drive, hard drive
computer hardware that holds and spins a magnetic or optical disk and reads and writes information on it
external drive
a drive with its own power supply and fan mounted outside the computer system enclosure and connected to the computer by a cable
internal drive
a drive mounted inside of a computer
RAM disk
(computer science) a virtual drive that is created by setting aside part of the random-access memory to use as if it were a group of sectors
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
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v strive and make an effort to reach a goal

“She is driving away at her doctoral thesis”
Synonyms:
labor, labour, push, tug
bear on, push
press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
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reach, strain, strive
to exert much effort or energy
extend oneself
strain to the utmost
kill oneself, overexert oneself
strain oneself more than is healthy
bother, inconvenience oneself, trouble, trouble oneself
take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
Type of:
fight, struggle
make a strenuous or labored effort

v compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment

“She finally drove him to change jobs”
Synonyms
force, ram
force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
Type of:
make
compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way

v move into a desired direction of discourse

“What are you driving at?”
Synonyms:
aim, get
Type of:
intend, mean
mean or intend to express or convey

n a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

“the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant”
Synonyms:
campaign, cause, crusade, effort, movement
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ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign
an organized program of advertisements
anti-war movement
a campaign against entering or continuing a war
charm campaign
a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support
consumerism
a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign
the campaign of a candidate to be elected
fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort
a campaign to raise money for some cause
feminism, feminist movement, women's lib, women's liberation movement
the movement aimed at equal rights for women
gay lib, gay liberation movement
the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
lost cause
a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
reform
a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices
war
a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
youth crusade, youth movement
political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people
front-porch campaign, front-porch campaigning
a campaign in which the candidate makes speeches but does not travel
hustings
the activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making)
whispering campaign
the organized dissemination of derogatory rumors designed to discredit a candidate
stumping
campaigning for something by making political speeches (stump speeches)
sales campaign
an advertising campaign intended to promote sales
public-relations campaign
an advertising campaign intended to improve public relations
Type of:
venture
any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

n a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

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hunger, hungriness
a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
thirst, thirstiness
a physiological need to drink
sex drive
a physiological need for sexual activity
hypoxia
oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency
bulimia
pathologically insatiable hunger (especially when caused by brain lesions)
emptiness
having an empty stomach
edacity, esurience, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity
excessive desire to eat
famishment, starvation
a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
malnourishment, undernourishment
not having enough food to develop or function normally
dehydration
depletion of bodily fluids
polydipsia
excessive thirst (as in cases of diabetes or kidney dysfunction)
anemic hypoxia
hypoxia resulting from a decreased concentration of hemoglobin
hypoxic hypoxia
hypoxia resulting from defective oxygenation of the blood in the lungs
ischemic hypoxia, stagnant hypoxia
hypoxia resulting from slow peripheral circulation (such as follows congestive cardiac failure)
altitude sickness
effects (as nosebleed or nausea) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues at high altitudes
anoxia
severe hypoxia; absence of oxygen in inspired gases or in arterial blood or in the tissues
asphyxiation, suffocation
the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)
Type of:
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

n the trait of being highly motivated

“his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers”
Types:
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action
the trait of being active and energetic and forceful
enterprise, enterprisingness, go-ahead, initiative
readiness to embark on bold new ventures
ambition, ambitiousness
a strong drive for success
energy, get-up-and-go, push
enterprising or ambitious drive
aggressiveness
the quality of being bold and enterprising
aspiration
a will to succeed
power hunger, status seeking
a drive to acquire power
second wind
renewed energy or strength to continue an undertaking
competitiveness, fight
an aggressive willingness to compete
combativeness, militance, militancy
a militant aggressiveness
intrusiveness, meddlesomeness, officiousness
aggressiveness as evidenced by intruding; by advancing yourself or your ideas without invitation
boldness, brass, cheek, face, nerve
impudent aggressiveness
Type of:
trait
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
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