What is the meaning of drive?


  • (n.) drive, thrust, driving force (the act of applying force to propel something) "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
  • (n.) drive (a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine) "a variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
  • (n.) campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort (a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end) "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
  • (n.) driveway, drive, private road (a road leading up to a private house) "they parked in the driveway"
  • (n.) drive (the trait of being highly motivated) "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
  • (n.) drive, driving (hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver) "he sliced his drive out of bounds"
  • (n.) drive (the act of driving a herd of animals overland)
  • (n.) drive, ride (a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)) "he took the family for a drive in his new car"
  • (n.) drive (a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire)
  • (n.) drive ((computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium)
  • (n.) drive, parkway (a wide scenic road planted with trees) "the riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
  • (n.) drive ((sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash))


  • (v.) drive (operate or control a vehicle) "drive a car or bus"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck"
  • (v.) drive, motor (travel or be transported in a vehicle) "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater"
  • (v.) drive (cause someone or something to move by driving) "She drove me to school every day"; "We drove the car to the garage"
  • (v.) force, drive, ram (force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically) "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"
  • (v.) drive (to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly) "She is driven by her passion"
  • (v.) repel, drive, repulse, force back, push back, beat back (cause to move back by force or influence) "repel the enemy"; "push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
  • (v.) drive (compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment) "She finally drove him to change jobs"
  • (v.) drive (push, propel, or press with force) "Drive a nail into the wall"
  • (v.) drive (cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force) "drive the ball far out into the field"
  • (v.) tug, labor, labour, push, drive (strive and make an effort to reach a goal) "She tugged for years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little to make the deadline"; "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
  • (v.) drive, get, aim (move into a desired direction of discourse) "What are you driving at"
  • (v.) drive, ride (have certain properties when driven) "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"
  • (v.) drive (work as a driver) "He drives a bread truck"; "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
  • (v.) drive (move by being propelled by a force) "The car drove around the corner"
  • (v.) drive (urge forward) "drive the cows into the barn"
  • (v.) drive, take (proceed along in a vehicle) "We drive the turnpike to work"
  • (v.) drive (strike with a driver, as in teeing off) "drive a golf ball"
  • (v.) drive (hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally) "drive a ball"
  • (v.) drive (excavate horizontally) "drive a tunnel"
  • (v.) drive (cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling) "The amplifier drives the tube"; "steam drives the engines"; "this device drives the disks for the computer"
  • (v.) drive (hunting: search for game) "drive the forest"
  • (v.) drive (hunting: chase from cover into more open ground) "drive the game"
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APAWordNet. (2010). drive. Retrieved October 17, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/drive/definitions/1189000
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "drive" http://smartdefine.org/drive/definitions/1189000 (accessed October 17, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, drive, Smart Define, viewed 17 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/drive/definitions/1189000>.
MLAWordNet. "drive" 23 October 2010. Web. 17 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/drive/definitions/1189000>
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