verb (used with object), drove or (Archaic) drave, driv·en, driv·ing.
- to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a base hit or sacrifice fly: He drove him home with a scratch single.
- to cause (a run) to be scored by a base hit or sacrifice fly: He drove in two runs.
- to hit or propel (a ball, puck, shuttlecock, etc.) very hard.
- to kick (a ball) with much force.
- to chase (game).
- to search (a district) for game.
verb (used without object), drove or (Archaic) drave, driv·en, driv·ing.
- an act or instance of driving a ball, puck, shuttlecock, or the like.
- the flight of such a ball, puck, shuttlecock, or the like, that has been driven with much force.
Origin of drive
Synonyms for drive
Related Words for drivetour, ride, run, trip, push, initiative, crusade, effort, action, momentum, rush, force, inspire, propel, make, motivate, send, herd, encourage, prompt
Examples from the Web for drive
Contemporary Examples of drive
He used to drive her to school once he came home from the Marines.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Think about it: Dodd-Frank was explicitly passed to drive a stake through the heart of the implicit concept of “too big to fail.”How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
All it took was a good idea, and OK Go had one—and the drive to pull it off.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age
December 15, 2014
Dynamo is a platform that gives Turkers a collective voice and, consequently, the chance to drive change.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild
December 3, 2014
The Metropolitan Center did not have enough room to keep the 26 women overnight, so they had to drive out to Van Nuys Jail.Dispatch From USC Protests over Ferguson
Maya Richard Craven
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of drive
"I wonder that you take her to drive with you," suggested Philip, sympathetically.
"It is a great deal worse to drive without her," said the impetuous lady.
Then drive on; if there had been, I wouldn't have travelled a mile with her.
When we get to the circle of 'em, because they're all round the cabin, we'll drive at 'em together.Way of the Lawless
Austin listened to her reminiscences and turned the talk to the drive.Viviette
William J. Locke
verb drives, driving, drove (drəʊv) or driven (ˈdrɪvən)
- to chase (game) from cover into more open ground
- to search (an area) for game
- to cause to penetrate to the fullest extent
- to make clear by special emphasis
- a road for vehicles, esp a private road leading to a house
- (capital when part of a street name)Woodland Drive
- the means by which force, torque, motion, or power is transmitted in a mechanismfluid drive
- (as modifier)a drive shaft
Word Origin for drive
Old English drifan "to drive, force, hunt, pursue; rush against" (class I strong verb; past tense draf, past participle drifen), from Proto-Germanic *dribanan (cf. Old Frisian driva, Old Saxon driban, Dutch drijven, Old High German triban, German treiben, Old Norse drifa, Gothic dreiban "to drive"). Not found outside Germanic. Original sense of "pushing from behind," altered in Modern English by application to automobiles. Related: Driving.
MILLER: "The more you drive, the less intelligent you are." ["Repo Man," 1984]
1690s, "act of driving," from drive (v.). Meaning "excursion by vehicle" is from 1785. Golfing sense of "forcible blow" is from 1836. Meaning "organized effort to raise money" is 1889, American English. Sense of "dynamism" is from 1908. In the computing sense, first attested 1963.