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.
- drive a hard bargain,
- drive a nail into one's coffin,
- drive at,
- drive home,
- drive screw
Origin of drive
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.