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 drivendirected, forced, obsessed, induced, possessed, herded, pushed, galvanized, impelled, steered, guided, ambitious, compulsive, monomaniacal
Examples from the Web for driven
Contemporary Examples of driven
Eating disorders, on the other hand, are driven largely by biological processes that occur on the inside.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Within a few years, Iran had jailed or driven from the country more than 60 Sunni clerics.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
The execution of two police officers in cold blood has shocked the city and driven a deeper wedge between the cops and the mayor.Two Cops ‘Assassinated’ in Brooklyn
December 21, 2014
Women like (gaming blogger Anita Sarkeesian) were threatened, doxxed, and driven from their homes.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014
The Daily Beast
December 15, 2014
The GOP is driven in part by the fact, that three years ago, public sector union members became the majority of union members.The GOP and Police Unions: A Love Story
December 12, 2014
Historical Examples of driven
He took a cab and was driven to the local branch of his favourite temple of chance.
Strive and grope as he would, the thing had driven him on relentlessly.
Hunger and cold seemed to have driven them from their former homes.
When he had come too near he had been driven away by the heat.
I knew we were now in the very country that had driven Mr. Gosse back.Explorations in Australia
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
"motivated," by 1972, past participle adjective from drive (v.).
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.
see pure as the driven snow.