View synonyms for driving


[ drahy-ving ]


  1. demanding a high or unreasonable rate of work from subordinates.
  2. vigorously active; energetic:

    a driving young executive.

  3. having force and violence:

    a driving storm.

  4. relaying or transmitting power.
  5. used while operating a vehicle:

    driving gloves.


/ ˈdraɪvɪŋ /


  1. having or moving with force and violence

    driving rain

  2. forceful or energetic
  3. relating to the controlling of a motor vehicle in motion

    driving test

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  • driving·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of driving1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; drive + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

In just a short period of time, we have achieved breakthrough results in autonomous driving.

That same month, Lyft began using data from its ride-hailing app to build 3D maps, better understand human driving patterns and improve simulation tests for the company’s autonomous vehicle program.

Infanticide is immoral by any reasonable human standard, but its driving principle is the blindly amoral process of natural selection, which maximizes evolutionary fitness, not matter how fiendish it appears to the horrified human observer.

It’s not clear yet whether the flickers are just scaled-down solar flares, or if the two phenomena have different driving mechanisms.

TuSimple’s trucks will hand the wheel over to a human for off-the-highway driving.

Father José Julián was shot and wounded driving in a car through the sierra of Ajuchitán.

The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.

Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.

Tim Russert and I are driving back to the Albany airport after taking our kids to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

And for those on the Palestinian right who still dream of driving the Jews into the sea, they too can forget it.

People are busy ballooning or driving; shooting like stars along railroads; or migrating like swallows or wild-geese.

On the state-coach went, down the steep, driving the mules madly before it.

I think that there has been neglect and laxity in the matter of not driving out the Japanese.

Once he suddenly found himself in the road driving a small flock of goats, whose he knew not, nor whence he got them.

Accordingly, she had the boys to hitch a team to a buggy and took him driving over the great estate.


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