[ dreyv ]
/ dreɪv /

verb Archaic.

a simple past tense of drive.

Nearby words

  1. draughtboard,
  2. draughts,
  3. draughtsman,
  4. draughty,
  5. drava,
  6. dravida,
  7. dravidian,
  8. dravidians,
  9. dravite,
  10. draw

Origin of drive

before 900; Middle English drīven, Old English drīfan; cognate with Dutch drijven, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, German treiben

Related forms

Synonym study

2, 15. Drive, ride are used interchangeably to mean traveling in an automobile or, formerly, in a horse-drawn vehicle. These two words are not synonyms in other connections. To drive is to maneuver, guide, or steer the progress of a vehicle, animal, etc.: to drive a bus, a horse. To ride is to be carried about by an animal or be carried as a passenger in a vehicle: to ride a horse, a train, a bus.


or Dra·ve

[ drah-vuh ]
/ ˈdrɑ və /


a river in S central Europe, flowing E and SE from the Alps in S Austria, through NE Slovenia, along a part of the border between Hungary and Croatia into the Danube in Croatia. 450 miles (725 km) long.
German Drau [drou] /draʊ/.

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British Dictionary definitions for drave



/ (ˈdrɑːvə) /


a river in S central Europe, rising in N Italy and flowing east through Austria, then southeast along the southern Hungarian border to join the River Danube. Length: 725 km (450 miles)German name: Drau (drau)


/ (draɪv) /

verb drives, driving, drove (drəʊv) or driven (ˈdrɪvən)


Derived Formsdrivable or driveable, adjectivedrivability or driveability, noun

Word Origin for drive

Old English drīfan; related to Old Frisian drīva, Old Norse drīfa, Gothic dreiban, Old High German trīban

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Word Origin and History for drave
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Medicine definitions for drave


[ drīv ]


A strong motivating tendency or instinct, especially of sexual or aggressive origin, that prompts activity toward a particular end.

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