- to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force or compulsion: to drive away the flies; to drive back an attacking army; to drive a person to desperation.
- to cause and guide the movement of (a vehicle, an animal, etc.): to drive a car; to drive a mule.
- to convey in a vehicle: She drove them to the station.
- to force to work or act: He drove the workers until they collapsed.
- to impel; constrain; urge; compel.
- to carry (business, an agreement, etc.) vigorously through: He drove a hard bargain.
- to keep (machinery) going.
- 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.
- Golf. to hit (a golf ball), especially from the tee, as with a driver or driving iron: She drove the ball within ten feet of the pin.
- 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.
- to float (logs) down a river or stream.
- (in mining, construction, etc.) to excavate (a mine or tunnel heading).
- to cause and guide the movement of a vehicle or animal, especially to operate an automobile.
- to go or travel in a driven vehicle: He drives to work with me.
- Golf. to hit a golf ball, especially from the tee, as with a driver or driving iron: He drove long and straight throughout the match.
- to strive vigorously toward a goal or objective; to work, play, or try wholeheartedly and with determination.
- to go along before an impelling force; be impelled: The ship drove before the wind.
- to rush or dash violently.
- the act of driving.
- a trip in a vehicle, especially a short pleasure trip: a Sunday drive in the country.
- an impelling along, as of game, cattle, or floating logs, in a particular direction.
- the animals, logs, etc., thus driven.
- Psychology. an inner urge that stimulates activity or inhibition; a basic or instinctive need: the hunger drive; sex drive.
- a vigorous onset or onward course toward a goal or objective: the drive toward the goal line.
- a strong military offensive.
- a united effort to accomplish some specific purpose, especially to raise money, as for a charity.
- energy and initiative: a person with great drive.
- vigorous pressure or effort, as in business.
- a road for vehicles, especially a scenic one, as in or along a park, or a short one, as an approach to a house.
- Machinery. a driving mechanism, as of an automobile: gear drive; chain drive.
- Automotive. the point or points of power application to the roadway: front-wheel drive; four-wheel drive.
- 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.
- Golf. a shot, especially with a driver or driving iron from the tee, that is intended to carry a great distance.
- a hunt in which game is driven toward stationary hunters.
- Electronics. excitation(def 5).
- noting or pertaining to a part of a machine or vehicle used for its propulsion.
- drive at, to attempt or intend to convey; allude to; suggest: What are you driving at?
- let drive, to aim a blow or missile at; attack: He let drive at his pursuers.
Origin of drive
- to push, propel, or be pushed or propelled
- to control and guide the movement of (a vehicle, draught animal, etc)to drive a car
- (tr) to compel or urge to work or act, esp excessively
- (tr) to goad or force into a specified attitude or statework drove him to despair
- (tr) to cause (an object) to make or form (a hole, crack, etc)his blow drove a hole in the wall
- to move or cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
- sport to hit (a ball) very hard and straight, as (in cricket) with the bat swinging more or less vertically
- golf to strike (the ball) with a driver, as in teeing off
- to chase (game) from cover into more open ground
- to search (an area) for game
- to transport or be transported in a driven vehicle
- (intr) to rush or dash violently, esp against an obstacle or solid objectthe waves drove against the rock
- (tr) to carry through or transact with vigour (esp in the phrase drive a hard bargain)
- (tr) to force (a component) into or out of its location by means of blows or a press
- (tr) mining to excavate horizontally
- (tr) NZ to fell (a tree or trees) by the impact of another felled tree
- drive home
- to cause to penetrate to the fullest extent
- to make clear by special emphasis
- the act of driving
- a trip or journey in a driven vehicle
- a road for vehicles, esp a private road leading to a house
- (capital when part of a street name)Woodland Drive
- vigorous or urgent pressure, as in business
- a united effort, esp directed towards a common goala charity drive
- British a large gathering of persons to play cards, etcSee beetle drive, whist drive
- energy, ambition, or initiative
- psychol a motive or interest, such as sex, hunger, or ambition, that actuates an organism to attain a goal
- a sustained and powerful military offensive
- the means by which force, torque, motion, or power is transmitted in a mechanismfluid drive
- (as modifier)a drive shaft
- sport a hard straight shot or stroke
- a search for and chasing of game towards waiting guns
- electronics the signal applied to the input of an amplifier
Word Origin and History for driving at
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.
- A strong motivating tendency or instinct, especially of sexual or aggressive origin, that prompts activity toward a particular end.