- 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.
- 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.
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What does drive mean?
To drive is to cause and guide something that is moving, such as a car.
To drive is also to cause to move forward by force, as when you drive flies away from your plate.
Other senses of the verb drive describe moving something or someone, literally or figuratively. You can drive a hard bargain (make a good deal), drive yourself to exhaustion (work yourself too hard), drive a nail into a board (hit the nail into the board), and more.
The noun drive also has many senses, related to the verb senses. A drive can be a trip in a vehicle, an inborn drive (push or urge) to succeed, and the act of driving a vehicle.
Drive is also commonly used in sports, such as a drive on the golf course (a swing of the golf club, sending the ball a long way) and to drive (kick or propel) a ball down the sports field.
Example: Drive down to the shop and ask for an application.
Where does drive come from?
The first records of the term drive come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English drīfan. Drive is used in many verb phrases of unknown origin, but the words associated with it sometimes drastically change its meaning.
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Drive is a common word with several meanings. It’s frequently used to discuss guiding a vehicle.
Can’t decide between a midnight blue minivan with all wheel drive and foldable rear seats or a coffin.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 3, 2018
You’re not a firework, don’t drive lit. Happy fourth everyone 🇺🇸
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) July 4, 2018
Hopefully that’s the swing Craw needed to get rolling! Always love the way he can drive the ball with power to CF and LF!
— George Kontos (@G_Kontos) August 16, 2020
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How to use drive in a sentence
The meal and merch are not only incredibly popular, but have spawned an entire TikTok meme, where people blast Scott’s “Sicko Mode” at the drive-thru instead of using their words to order.McDonald’s Teaches Employees Travis Scott Catchphrases Because of TikTok Trend|Jaya Saxena|September 17, 2020|Eater
The narrowing gap in both states is being driven by non-college-educated women.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Winnebago’s website lists a starting price of $175,000 for its popular four-wheel-drive Revel, and even a used Sprinter at Vanlife Customs will set you back at least $100,000.
In categories such as credit cards, those commissions, particularly for publishers that drive high volumes of conversion, can run into the hundreds of dollars per user.‘Helping people discover information’: How Red Ventures grew into a giant|Max Willens|September 16, 2020|Digiday
While von Spakovsky “hasn’t driven any policy decisions” that have taken place under the secretary, Fuchs said that she briefed von Spakovsky on her office’s actions regarding double voting and absentee ballots.No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials|by Mike Spies, Jake Pearson and Jessica Huseman|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
He used to drive her to school once he came home from the Marines.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The hope was that greater transparency about performance would drive results.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You would only see it for a second, but it would drive you forward.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The traveling show arrived in Shreveport at 7:30 in the morning after an all-night drive.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’|Peter Guralnick|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We prefer to wave away the warning signs; like The Interview, Mulholland Drive was comfortably downplayed as over-the-top satire.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then with your victorious legions you can march south and help drive the Yankee invaders from the land.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Wordsworth has illustrated how an unwise and importunate demand for a reason from a child may drive him into invention.Children's Ways|James Sully
Give not up thy heart to sadness, but drive it from thee: and remember the latter end.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
If they will come to our villages and drive us out a hundred at a time, what would they do to one man alone?Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
He walked up the sweep of sandy drive to the hotel and went through the big glass doors.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for drive
- 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