Definition of drive in US English:



  • 1no object, usually with adverbial of direction Operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle.

    ‘he got into his car and drove off’
    ‘they drove back into town’
    • ‘If we're out in the car, lost in an area we've never visited before, he would rather we drive round aimlessly for hours than ask directions.’
    • ‘During this campaign 245 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.’
    • ‘I swung my car around and drove back in the direction I'd just come from.’
    • ‘I climb out and watch him drive away like a maniac as I shake my head in disapproval.’
    • ‘He got out to see what was going on but as he did so they jumped into the car and drove away at speed.’
    • ‘The occupants of the car drove off at high speed, crashing into a small bridge on the estate, before heading towards Castledermot.’
    • ‘How many times have you driven past a speed camera located on a well lit, straight A road that has a higher than average traffic speed?’
    • ‘The driver then drove off in the direction of Martin's Lane where it rammed a police car before stopping.’
    • ‘His business was fairly close to our office, so I drove over there to look at it.’
    • ‘As she started to flag down passing traffic, her abductor drove off at high speed in her green car.’
    • ‘Each in a different car, they drive off in opposite directions after having embraced one last time.’
    • ‘Both offenders then got into the car and drove off in the direction of Church Lane.’
    • ‘One by one they climbed into the car, and drove silently back to school.’
    • ‘I doubt there is a single person driving a car today who hasn't exceeded the speed limit or driven without a seatbelt at times, even though we all know we shouldn't.’
    • ‘The boys immediately raced to Ryan's car and he drove at full speed towards the hospital.’
    • ‘Residents say that their cars are being hit and scraped by motorists driving too fast along the road.’
    • ‘The driver, who was also wearing a balaclava, drove away at speed.’
    • ‘It really is quite simple - if drivers kept to the speed limits and drove in accordance with the Highway Code there would not be the need for such measures.’
    • ‘Motorists driving under the influence of drugs are being targeted in a new poster campaign.’
    • ‘Mrs Welsh started up the car, and they drove off in the direction of Alison's home.’
    operate, pilot, steer, handle, manage
    travel by car, go by car, motor
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    1. 1.1 (of a motor vehicle) travel under the control of a driver.
      ‘a car drives up, and a man gets out’
      ‘a stream of black cars drove by’
      • ‘Michael claims that while in Damascus he saw three separate convoys of luxury Iraqi licensed vehicles, driving under armed escort.’
    2. 1.2with object Own or use (a specified type of motor vehicle)
      ‘Sue drives an old Chevy’
      • ‘If you have never driven a car with anti-lock brakes, sure to get training on proper use.’
      • ‘The child was in collision with a black Chrysler Voyager estate car driven by a 27-year-old Basildon woman, who was unhurt.’
      • ‘They drive expensive cars and SUVs, and there are just as many female drivers as male ones.’
      • ‘If you are going to drive this car, know your limits, and respect its power.’
      • ‘In a sentence, he summed up the pros and cons of driving a soft-top car in Ireland.’
      • ‘The government is all to quick to penalise motorists for driving a car which is not in a safe condition.’
      • ‘A lot of us enjoy driving and prefer to drive a car that makes a journey a rewarding experience.’
      • ‘Philip, from Chadderton, near Oldham, had restored and driven old cars for many years.’
      • ‘‘The car is definitely the most powerful car I've ever driven,’ said Speed, 22.’
      • ‘Happily, this is not a problem with the estate, because salesmen don't drive estate cars.’
      • ‘Well, if you drive a company car you don't have to worry about insurance, road tax, servicing or repairs and maintenance.’
      • ‘Fans at the San Marino Grand Prix can finally feel what it's like to drive Michael Schumacher's Ferrari.’
      • ‘I am tired of short people who can't see over the steering wheel driving large cars.’
      • ‘Traffic chaos has frustrated drivers, both those driving private cars as well as public transportation drivers.’
      maintain, keep, own, possess, have
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    3. 1.3 Be licensed or competent to drive a motor vehicle.
      ‘I take it you can drive?’
      • ‘I cannot drive, but my daughter takes me everywhere so I have given the car to her.’
      • ‘We've never bothered with a car. I don't drive, and we can get a bus into town if we really need to.’
      • ‘Occasionally my friend Sarah would come over, but she lived a while away and couldn't drive, so that was never too often.’
      • ‘There are quite a few elderly people in the village who don't drive.’
      • ‘Nakita could drive, had her license and everything, but she liked walking and it wasn't very far.’
      • ‘I can't drive, have no interest in cars and don't have any sense of direction.’
    4. 1.4with object Convey (someone) in a vehicle, especially a private car.
      ‘Shelley drove him to the supermarket’
      • ‘The reasons why parents drive their children to school are varied.’
      • ‘But when he decided to make a brash stab at the sports-car market, economics drove him to Canada.’
      • ‘Some may wonder why a sweet girl like Elizabeth would possibly need a bodyguard who drove her around in a limo.’
      • ‘At Chelsea there was a chauffeur to drive the directors around because of problems with parking.’
      • ‘The three of us squeezed in the back of my mom's Honda and she drove us to our high school.’
      • ‘Anyway, when we were sharing a flat in London I carried on driving him to clubs on a Friday night.’
      • ‘My wife drove him back to Girona where the vet was waiting for her call.’
      • ‘We helped him into the Jeep, and Burke drove him to the battalion aid station.’
      • ‘When the time came for Caroline's baby to be born, the commanding officer's wife drove her to hospital and stayed throughout her labour.’
      • ‘After the evening performance the night before, a chauffeur drove her from Bath to a suite at an airport hotel.’
      • ‘And poor Paul, he probably felt like a chauffeur, always driving her wherever she needed to go.’
      • ‘Hank's wife drove him to the office because he suddenly became weak and lightheaded.’
      • ‘Earlier in the evening I had napped in the back seat as Odysea drove us across New York State.’
      • ‘When we had finished shopping, Jake left to join the guys at a private sports court and Cynthia drove me to a spa to meet the girls.’
      • ‘Julia watches as her chauffeur drives Morgan out of the estate and the limousine speeds away into the distance.’
      • ‘They drove her to a parking lot near to the marina, and she mutely followed them down to the dock.’
      • ‘We made our way back to his car and his chauffeur drove us home.’
      • ‘At seven-thirty Brett drove the girls to the mall since Brooke's jeep was in the shop.’
      • ‘It seems serious, so his wife decides to drive him to hospital.’
      • ‘Later that morning Akbay went to Tastan's house in a Honda and then drove him to a lay-by in Faversham.’
      chauffeur, run, give someone a lift, take, bring, ferry, transport, convey, carry
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  • 2with object and adverbial of direction Propel or carry along by force in a specified direction.

    ‘the wind will drive you onshore’
    • ‘In York rain and sleet driven by gale force winds caught many workers on their way home the previous evening.’
    • ‘The wind was driving the rain at acute angles, and the windows were shuddering from the thunder.’
    • ‘Hard rains driven by high winds slashed through the camp.’
    • ‘A number of experts have stated that high winds could have been a factor in driving the ship off course.’
    • ‘He explained that power lines were particularly vulnerable to wet snow driven by high winds clinging to cables and bringing them down.’
    • ‘Attempts to re-light the boiler failed, and now the vessel was in real trouble; drifting, powerless, pitching and rolling, driven by wind and tide towards a sandbank in the dark.’
    • ‘The game was played in dreadful conditions with a strong breeze driving the heavy rain into the Keane's Road goal.’
    • ‘Small clouds of snow were driven into his eyes and began to skitter up his nose.’
    • ‘The black cloud driven by the winds spread above the fields as far as the eyes of the anxious farmers could see.’
    • ‘As the rain bucketed down, driven horizontally by a southeast gale, he decided the walk would go ahead.’
    • ‘The fires knocked out a number of vital systems, including main propulsion, and she was left wallowing in 25 ft waves driven by gale-force winds.’
    • ‘Storm surges are unusual elevations in sea level that are driven by anomalous wind stresses and low atmospheric pressures associated with storms.’
    • ‘Flooding was a problem in some coastal areas where the storm's high wind drove waves onto shore and over seawalls.’
    • ‘It was cold and dry, and their footprints were quickly obliterated by the powdery snow driven along by the gusting wind.’
    • ‘The rocks were encased in crusted snow and the wind was driving spindrift across the open slopes.’
    • ‘Large surface currents are mainly driven by winds that blow year round.’
    • ‘By morning, the wind was driving icy pellets against the windows.’
    • ‘Angry, bitter wind drove frozen rain hard into the window, rattling the panes.’
    • ‘The insurance companies in their standard policies exclude damage resulting from water, even if that water is driven by wind.’
    • ‘Rain fell from overcast skies and gale force winds drove large waves on to the beaches of Normandy as dawn broke on Monday June 5, 1944.’
    power, propel, move, push
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    1. 2.1no object (of wind, water, or snow) move or fall with great force.
      ‘the snow drove against him’
      • ‘Two days out from Almeria we got caught in a brewing gale driving in from the west.’
      • ‘We saw her as we pulled out of our drive. She had her head down as the snow was driving in the wind.’
      • ‘Rain drove in great sheets across the bow as the ship struggled to drop anchor in the outer harbor.’
      • ‘With a swirling wind driving into their faces, the second-half promised to be a stiffer test for City's defensive resolve and so it proved.’
      • ‘Edward IV followed up the following day, his initial success assisted by flurries of snow driving into the enemy.’
      • ‘Fierce headwinds driving against currents produced steep-fronted waves that smashed into the fleet as it struggled to reach the finish line.’
      • ‘The rain was actually driving horizontally with these incredibly dark skies and no visibility.’
      • ‘The 30 to 40 miles per hour wind drove perpendicular across my path making it impossible to stay on the road even if I could see it.’
      • ‘For two more days the winds beat against the house, and the snow and ice drove against the windows.’
      • ‘The rain drove down harder, and Tilkin cleared mud and water from his eyes long enough to see the woods open up before him.’
      • ‘He frowned as he stared out the window at the sleet driving against the window pane.’
      • ‘In the distance, Rossiter could see the rain driving straight down and growing closer.’
      • ‘Ankle deep mud from melting snow, ice covered pools and hail and snow driving into the faces of runners on Mickleden Edge.’
      • ‘Ferocious winds howled and heavy rain drove through the Jade Stadium as the Lions were humiliated - beaten in all areas.’
    2. 2.2 (of a source of power) provide the energy to set and keep (an engine or piece of machinery) in motion.
      ‘turbines driven by steam’
      • ‘There are also two vacuum pumps, one driven by each engine.’
      • ‘Water power will again turn the mill wheel and drive the turbine to provide electricity to light the building.’
      • ‘All of the machinery was driven by a steam engine in the basement of the machine shop.’
      • ‘The whole of the mechanism was powered by heavy weights which drove the cog wheel.’
      • ‘These engines use the heat of nuclear fission to drive steam turbines, which in turn charge the batteries.’
      • ‘Until the fairgrounds started to use petrol and diesel engines their rides were driven by steam.’
      • ‘After landing, the rotors and propellers would automatically fold away, and the machine would use the same engine to drive its wheels.’
      • ‘The wind turbine drives the pump at varying speeds, pumping more in high winds than in low winds.’
      • ‘The current is channeled to an 82-hp electric motor that drives the car.’
      • ‘That change is equivalent to the piston movement in a car's engine which ultimately drives the wheels round.’
      • ‘Boiler water is used primarily to drive steam turbines in electric power generating plants.’
      • ‘This energy trapped in the reactor is used as a heat source to drive a steam turbine and create electricity.’
      • ‘Steam power drove threshing mills and other barn machinery.’
      • ‘The rare 350 horsepower engine was used to drive woollen weaving machinery in Bradley Mill until the 1970s.’
      • ‘New machinery driven by steam power was introduced, and railways and canals were being created.’
      • ‘The engine is front mounted and the car is driven through a rear-mounted transaxle.’
      • ‘The heat is not wasted but is used to make steam that drives a turbine that generates electricity.’
      • ‘He produced a steam pressure gauge to record pressure in a cylinder and a rotary engine which could drive various forms of machinery.’
      • ‘The hydraulic power-steering pump is driven by the engine via a rubber belt that over time will wear out and become shiny.’
      • ‘It uses heat from the sun to create steam, which drives giant turbines that generate electricity.’
    3. 2.3Electronics (of a device) power or operate (another device)
      ‘the interface can be used to drive a printer’
      • ‘The output is regulated by a single pulse width modulating controller which drives the boost switch and buck switch simultaneously.’
      • ‘LCD monitors operate at low voltages whereas high voltages are required to drive a CRT monitor.’
      • ‘Just about every camera in the world these days has a battery, even if it is just to drive the needle on the light meter.’
      • ‘The device is driven by Sony's own 123MHz ARM-compatible CPU, the Handheld Engine.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the new transistor simultaneously controls the electric power that drives a lamp and serves as the lamp itself.’
    4. 2.4 Force (a stake or nail) into place by hitting or pushing it.
      ‘nails are driven through the boards’
      • ‘If you had driven a stake through Baker's heart at that moment, you couldn't have caused a greater wound.’
      • ‘Stakes were driven in the ground around the perimeter of the footing and then screwed to the screed board at the footing height.’
      • ‘The nail was driven into his political coffin on Friday as a string of high - level officials abandoned him.’
      • ‘Hence the decision of the union bureaucracy to drive a stake into the heart of the strike by pulling the pickets at one of the chains.’
      • ‘Secure the board to the frame using small finish nails driven part way into the inside frame edges.’
      • ‘Stakes are driven into the ground at the opposite end.’
      • ‘What you want to do is to be able to drive stakes into the ground here.’
      • ‘One person had a bad cold and another had accidentally driven a nail into his foot at work and Saturday was to be therefore spent getting tetanus injections.’
      • ‘Where the two diagonal strings cross, drive a stake into the ground to mark the position of the center footing.’
      • ‘Long, spiked posts were driven deep into the soft soil by the constant hammering of a solid stone that I had found on the ground.’
      • ‘They drove pegs into his land to stake out claims, and prevented him from entering his fields.’
      • ‘Put the ladder feet on blocks and then drive a stake into the ground so that it is right behind the ladder feet.’
      • ‘One 4.5-inch iron nail had been driven through a wooden board and then through both his heel bones.’
      • ‘Huge iron pegs were driven into the rock before the base blocks were put in place, and the first 14m of the tower was solid.’
      • ‘Then stakes are driven in by hand and the fabric is attached to the stakes, completing the installation.’
      • ‘He quickly spun himself around and drove the wooden stake into Riley's chest as Riley tried to fire off a shot.’
      • ‘Once you've determined the course of the fence, drive a stake in at each corner.’
      • ‘Hidden nailing is where nails are driven into the groove of the plank and covered by the tongue of the next plank and so on.’
      • ‘To grip the bone, the screws have to be driven in the right direction.’
      • ‘We all drove a lot of nails into the wall and have hung up all Christmas stockings on the wall.’
      hammer, screw, ram, bang, pound, sink, plunge, thrust, stab, propel, knock, send
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    5. 2.5 Bore (a tunnel).
      • ‘A tunnel was driven into the hill to intersect the copper load which had been located and opened at the top of the hill.’
      • ‘From available evidence, it is believed that the short tunnel was driven prior to 1916 and that no further work was done.’
      • ‘At the Daly mine they observed work in progress on the tunnel being driven about forty metres below the old workings.’
      • ‘A challenge facing the designers is that the tunnel will be driven through soft ground.’
      • ‘Second, if the countermine was driven below the mine, the counterminers could spring the end of their gallery, thereby collapsing the mine above.’
      • ‘Almost as soon as work began above ground, work also began on driving a tunnel northwards towards the sandstone face of Worsley Delph.’
      • ‘Donnellan and Everette drove the Sheridan tunnel 100 feet farther along the vein and found richer ore.’
      • ‘The focus of mining then shifted back to the upper level, and during the 1980s a tunnel was driven northward into the quarry wall.’
      drill, pierce, perforate, puncture, punch, cut
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    6. 2.6 (in ball games) hit or kick (the ball) hard with a free swing of the bat, racket, or foot.
      • ‘He usually is late on fastballs and is having trouble driving the ball.’
      • ‘Frank Lampard drove a free kick just wide before Kezman drilled a low shot straight into the arms of Howard in the United goal.’
      • ‘My way of fighting back was to try to drive the ball as hard as I could through the pitcher's box for a base hit.’
      • ‘He is not an ideal second hitter, because he doesn't drive the ball into the gaps and isn't a run producer.’
      • ‘About once a game, he drives the ball hard but right into a defender's glove.’
      • ‘Deco drives a low free kick into the Chelsea box from the left wing, but his delivery is poor and Lampard clears easily.’
      • ‘He cut back on to his left foot before driving the ball across for Derek Nicol to head home.’
      • ‘Their early attempts came from Peter Hanson who headed over the bar and Ben Furness who drove his free kick wide.’
      • ‘Nick Klassen took the free kick, driving the ball into the top corner and tying the game 2-2.’
      • ‘He also has a knack for driving the ball into right field or right-center, which allows the runner to reach third.’
      • ‘Lately, he has been making solid contact but not driving the ball in the air.’
      • ‘Paul Evans drove his free kick around the wall, but Alan Gough in the Glens' goal parried the shot and the home defence scrambled it clear.’
      • ‘He drives the ball from the edge of the box, and it raps the bar once more.’
      • ‘The White Sox pitcher challenged Mantle with a high fastball, and Mickey drove the ball almost out of sight for a three-run homer.’
      • ‘Guiel, a left-handed batter, has a compact, efficient swing and can drive the ball with power.’
      • ‘From the free kick, Dale Marval drove the ball through the defence and past the keeper into the net.’
      • ‘Players make it to the big leagues because of their ability to drive the ball, not watch it sail past them.’
      • ‘He hired a trainer in the off season and lifted weights, giving him the strength to drive the ball better.’
      • ‘Poor marking by Ilkley allowed Cook to turn and drive the ball high past Smith for a deserved equalising goal.’
      • ‘Scouts say he has above-average skills, covers the plate well and can drive the ball the opposite way.’
    7. 2.7Golf Strike (a ball) from the tee, typically with a driver.
      • ‘Wie, who can drive a golf ball 300 + yards, would play from the men's tees at these events.’
      • ‘Two down at the time, Coltart drove his ball into the rough.’
      • ‘If she could learn to drive her golf ball, she could still be a great player.’
      • ‘But I putted well, I drove the ball well, I did just about everything well.’
      • ‘If you're driving the ball poorly, you don't need statistics to know it.’
  • 3with object and adverbial of direction Urge or force (animals or people) to move in a specified direction.

    ‘they drove a flock of sheep through the center of the city’
    ‘the French infantry were driven back’
    • ‘It began on the western frontier, at a time when driving cattle was vital to the survival of an expanding nation.’
    • ‘Desperate for a resolution, the Los Ojos producers drove their sheep without permits onto state lands in 1989.’
    • ‘Here, the barrier winds down a narrow alleyway used 350 years ago by sisters to drive cows out to pasture.’
    • ‘The rain has driven most of them indoors but I eventually spot one lurking on the green.’
    • ‘For many centuries this was the last watering place for cattle and sheep being driven to York cattle market from as far away as Helmsley.’
    • ‘Shoddy umbrellas and whipping winds drive most New Yorkers indoors during stormy weather.’
    • ‘Amundsen also learned how to drive dog teams from Inuit he met.’
    • ‘So one counts, the other drives the sheep and at the end of the session the farmer says, ‘Well, how many?’’
    • ‘When asked what he is doing, he explains that he is driving away elephants.’
    • ‘In spite of brave rearguard actions the British, French and Belgian troops had been practically driven into the sea by the numerically superior and better equipped German forces.’
    • ‘The ban also meant that for the first time hunts were using terriers to drive foxes out of holes, he said.’
    • ‘They'd not driven the cattle in the most likely direction, which was south, but due east, straight into the center of Double - 8 range.’
    • ‘The group took turns driving the dogs, breaking trail and navigating.’
    • ‘Even when overlanders Joseph Hawdon and Charles Bonney drove cattle from NSW to Adelaide in 1838, they had more men than saddle horses.’
    • ‘I badly wanted to go on to see the monkey-puzzle forests at the foot of the Andes, to drive the cattle to high summer pasture.’
    • ‘He now spends his days driving his weakening cattle back and forth across the valley first to find meagre pasture and then to find water.’
    • ‘The men that drove the cattle were a special breed.’
    • ‘It was hard work driving the cattle to the fair and standing all day with them.’
    • ‘It was established late in the 1800s as a watering point for cattle being driven overland to markets in Queensland and to other areas within the Northern Territory.’
    • ‘In his day he guided for the Texas Rangers and drove cattle north to the railheads.’
    impel, urge, press, move, get going
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    1. 3.1 Compel to leave.
      ‘troops drove out the demonstrators’
      ‘he wanted to drive me away’
      • ‘Free-market policies in rural areas have driven tens of millions of poor peasants off the land and forced them seek work in the cities and free trade zones as super-exploited labour.’
      • ‘Traders fear the move will drive people away and force them to shop elsewhere.’
      • ‘The move comes as many shopkeepers in the area are complaining that traffic jams and the lack of parking spaces are driving customers away.’
      • ‘Research by the Mammals Trust UK has found that as intensive farming drives species from their traditional homes, many are adapting to an urban lifestyle.’
      • ‘Six months later, U.S. troops drove Filipino militias from Manila and pursued them into the countryside.’
      • ‘Surinam's name is taken from the name of its earliest inhabitants, the Surinen, who had been driven out of the area by other South American Indians by the time Europeans arrived.’
      • ‘German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps had been beaten and driven out of Africa by the time the 100th arrived.’
      • ‘William Dougan, one of the pensioners targeted, vowed not to be driven from the area.’
      • ‘The Byzantine coin is believed to come from the era of the bloody Battle of Benfleet, fought in 894 AD when an encampment of Danes was driven out by the troops of King Alfred the Great.’
      • ‘The party said that young nationalists would be driven out of rural areas if plans by the department to cap housing development in predominantly Catholic areas were implemented.’
  • 4with object (of a fact or feeling) compel (someone) to act in a particular way, especially one that is considered undesirable or inappropriate.

    ‘he was driven by ambition’
    with object and infinitive ‘some people are driven to murder their tormentors’
    ‘my husband is a driven man’
    • ‘However, that ambition drove him to take on challenges others avoided.’
    • ‘Necessity may yet drive them to strike a deal that is so clearly in both their national interests.’
    • ‘In fall, the need to stockpile calories to survive the winter drives deer to seek high-calorie foods full of oils and starches.’
    • ‘Flippant to a frustrating degree, he give away precious little about the forces that drove him to become one of Ireland's most successful and wealthiest businessmen.’
    • ‘He was driven by feelings of resentment and hatred, and felt compelled not only to defeat his enemies, but to humiliate them.’
    • ‘He was, said his company, ‘deeply driven and incredibly competitive’, and inspired everyone around him to never take no for an answer.’
    • ‘They're too smart, competitive and driven to do anything so foolish as get in each other's way.’
    • ‘The boy told Bradford Crown Court he thought he was going to be killed and was driven to a suicide attempt by the alleged incident.’
    • ‘I don't know the reason for this one and curiosity will drive me to find out shortly.’
    • ‘Maybe I would have less passion, less fire, less anger driving me to make the world a better place.’
    • ‘True love drives some men to strange behaviour.’
    • ‘While he recovers, Gary's constant jealousy finally drives his wife Tess to cheat on him in earnest.’
    • ‘I told him how stories about immigrants and diverse communities were so important to me, and how that passion drove me as a journalist.’
    • ‘They lived lives that were hard and obsessive, that pushed them towards their limits; they were as determined and driven as any competitors I had met.’
    • ‘Loyalty toward their team is a force that drives women to push their limits beyond what they once thought themselves capable of.’
    • ‘She enrolled in nursing, not because of any influence from her mother, but because even at that tender age there was an inner force driving her.’
    • ‘Fortunately, few of us can understand the forces that drove the terrorists to do what they did.’
    • ‘The family is very strong in this country and a lot of the talented kids are driven by the fact they want to help their family to better things.’
    • ‘It was stupid, and fruitless considering the situation, but it was the only thing he could do, and his terror drove him to it.’
    • ‘He disturbs us not because - as some have suggested - he no longer seems human, but because we can actually identify with the self-loathing which has driven him to such excesses.’
    force, compel, constrain, impel, press, prompt, precipitate, catapult
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    1. 4.1 Bring (someone) forcibly into a specified negative state.
      ‘the thought drove him to despair’
      with object and complement ‘my laziness drives my wife crazy’
      • ‘Still, I didn't want to drive him mad with all my worries.’
      • ‘For example, I have this chronic problem with losing things, and it drives me crazy.’
      • ‘It drives me crazy the way a lot of parents are afraid to say no.’
      • ‘Reb and I went to the Tracey Emin exhibition at the City Gallery and it drove me crazy because Emin can't spell.’
      • ‘I drove my parents crazy reciting states and their capitals.’
      • ‘There was just something about him that drove her wild, and she knew that sometime soon things were going to change.’
      • ‘The boredom was driving him nuts, and it was impossible to sleep with the lights on.’
      • ‘I tell you, I swear, you've been on my mind for years, and you're driving me crazy.’
      • ‘It's driving me so mad that I'm forced in the end to appeal to the general public.’
      • ‘I was just trying to solve one of those annoying problems that drive CEOs nuts.’
      • ‘Listen ladies, going shoe shopping drives most men crazy.’
      • ‘I think it drives the kids crazy because I sing very loudly and off key.’
      • ‘Sometimes, there are tremendous questions that overwhelm me, that drive me mad.’
      • ‘Because winning means overcoming levels of boredom that can drive a man mad.’
      • ‘‘My whole life, he used to put his hand on the top of my head and just hold it there, and it drove me crazy,’ she says.’
      • ‘It drove me crazy that we all bent over backwards to be liked by her.’
      • ‘I have to, before all this guilt I'm carrying around drives me absolutely insane.’
      • ‘His story of losing his wife drove a reporter to tears.’
      • ‘I feel like I'm the only one in the world with nothing to do, and it drives me crazy!’
      • ‘I have found that the engaged tone on a phone drives me crazy.’
    2. 4.2 Force (someone) to work to an excessive extent.
      ‘you're driving yourself too hard’
      • ‘I've always believed that success lies in driving yourself hard and not letting up until you've reached a goal.’
      • ‘Churchill drove himself hard but drove his subordinates harder, for they had to fit into the rhythm of his working day.’
      • ‘Malcolm Fraser as prime minister and Bob Hawke as ACTU president had a habit of driving themselves to the point of collapse.’
      • ‘After years of driving herself to do more and more, saying yes to everything and never missing an opportunity, she simply burnt out.’
      • ‘Unfortunately he is driving himself too hard at times and his health and that of his wife has begun to suffer.’
      work, exert, push, tax
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    3. 4.3 Cause (something abstract) to happen or develop.
      ‘the consumer has been driving the economy for a number of years’
      ‘we need to allow market forces to drive growth in the telecommunications sector’


  • 1A trip or journey in a car.

    ‘they went for a drive in the country’
    • ‘The power sunroof will enhance those afternoon drives and trips to the beach, as will the ICE 6000 CD player.’
    • ‘It is just one of the beautiful villages you chance across on a drive around the coast road where peace and quiet is guaranteed.’
    • ‘The scheme is also within a few minutes' drive of the main motorway network and is close to a number of bus routes.’
    • ‘One of the many highlights of that trip was a drive to and on the legendary Khyber Pass.’
    • ‘A drive down Highway 1 takes you to the capital, Wellington, a splendid city, though one that is prone to earth tremors.’
    • ‘Before setting out on a weekend drive or hike, you can print out a map that shows every road and every rise and dip in the terrain.’
    • ‘As we proceeded to Shillong by road the drive from Delhi was an extremely pleasant one.’
    • ‘He likes to hike and take long drives on country roads with his wife to see what new place he'll discover and what new acquaintances he'll make.’
    • ‘Complete driving itineraries for ten of the best scenic drives and family-oriented tours are described in the attachment.’
    • ‘It felt special being in this car, it would put a smile on my face every time I went for a drive.’
    • ‘We had lunch at my grandmother's place, and then set out for a nice relaxing drive along the Deeside road.’
    • ‘When I fly to Washington for our meetings, the most dangerous part of my journey is my drive to the Grand Rapids airport.’
    • ‘Another spectacular drive was the road to Haria in the north of the island.’
    • ‘As usual the kids were staying with their mum for the weekend, so yesterday I went for a drive out into the country.’
    • ‘It copes well with varying road surfaces, making it equally suitable for city jaunts or cross-country drives.’
    • ‘You cannot miss this beautiful old church if you take a walk or drive down the main street.’
    • ‘Max was so interested in the Citroen he took it for a drive around the rough roads of Mt Taranaki.’
    • ‘The most beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast are a manageable drive away and there are many day trips that can include time at the beach.’
    • ‘On the way back from a business trip, the drive was long, but not too tiring.’
    • ‘The little town is just an hour's minibus drive up the desert road, heading north from Sharm el Sheikh.’
    excursion, outing, trip, jaunt, tour, turn
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    1. 1.1in names A street or road.
      ‘Hammond Drive’
      • ‘As high tide approached early Monday afternoon, surface winds pushed water against the sea wall and flooded a short stretch of Sunrise Drive.’
      • ‘We spent the entire morning shopping on Rodeo Drive.’
      • ‘If, as we are led to believe, that child safety is the prime reason for the changes here in St Paul's Drive I wonder if someone could explain the absence of a safe crossing.’
      • ‘Maria, originally from Belvedere Drive, started campaigning against "excessive profiteering" when she was charged €6 for a small bottle of wine in a city bar in November 2003.’
      • ‘Shortly before 2.10 am she told him that she thought a man was following her as she made her way along West Park Drive.’
      road, thoroughfare, way
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    2. 1.2 A short road leading from a public road to a house or other building.
      ‘from the window he could see right down the weedy drive to the front gate’
      • ‘Residents in Downside and surrounding roads have been battling to get restrictions to stop motorists blocking their drives or double parking.’
      • ‘He was walking up the drive, and almost instantly, I knew that something wasn't right.’
      • ‘They walked quietly across the drive and to the barn where he opened two stalls and proceeded to saddle up one of the horses.’
      • ‘One day he made me cover my eyes and led me outside. Standing on the drive was a gold Porsche - for me.’
      • ‘The Escort had broken down and was parked off the road on her drive.’
      • ‘There are two entrances to this property from the roadway, with a drive sweeping around to a garage at the side.’
      • ‘He turned on his heel and left, walking down the drive and turning to head home.’
      • ‘He was halfway through the cigarette when he heard the gate open and someone walk up the gravel drive.’
      • ‘I walked slowly up the gravel drive, my feet crunching softly on the stones.’
      • ‘He turned his back, grinding his foot into the gravel of the drive as he walked into the house.’
      • ‘Andy pulled out of the drive and headed across Main Street to take home three of the guys in the back.’
      • ‘Within ten minutes, the black Jaguar, spun into the drive, throwing up dust and dirt.’
      • ‘I drove down the long, tree-lined drive, the main road vanishing behind me.’
      • ‘The thieves either unscrew or simply rip the number plates from the cars while they are parked in drives, on streets or in car parks.’
      • ‘It was sad to see her go, but as soon as she pulled out of the drive, I'd walk back inside and go up to my room and lay down on my bed.’
      • ‘When dark had fallen we both looked up as we heard the tyres of fathers Benz pull into the drive.’
      driveway, approach, access road
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  • 2Psychology
    An innate, biologically determined urge to attain a goal or satisfy a need.

    ‘emotional and sexual drives’
    • ‘Forbidden sexual feelings, destructive or violent impulses, bodily instincts and drives were hidden there - or repressed, as Freud called it.’
    • ‘Similarly, psychoanalysis's emphasis on unconscious drives relegated the conscious mind to relative unimportance.’
    • ‘It became fashionable in the Europe of the early 20C to see humans as unwittingly acting out neurosis and subconscious drives.’
    • ‘One explanation for such paradoxical behaviours is that they are motivated by visceral factors relating to physical and emotional drives.’
    • ‘A woman who reports low sexual drive may be satisfied with her situation.’
    urge, appetite, desire, need
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    1. 2.1 Determination and ambition to achieve something.
      ‘her drive has sustained her through some shattering personal experiences’
      • ‘Terri showed a determination and drive from childhood that was to see her through difficult periods of her life.’
      • ‘Woodward is well aware of the importance of a settled and happy family life for anyone with his level of drive and ambition.’
      • ‘For with the right mix of determination, drive and talent in your chosen field, it becomes possible to do anything.’
      • ‘Mr Lambert had argued that he set up the company nine months before he met his wife and its success was due to his initiative and drive.’
      • ‘The drive, the determination to take on all-comers, has come mainly from her father.’
      • ‘Just think what you could achieve with vision, imagination and drive.’
      • ‘There is no drive, commitment or determination to do anything worthwhile on the pitch.’
      • ‘During one three-day conference, I was struck by the incredible drive and determination of my UN colleagues.’
      • ‘The ambition and drive to win that marks out the best from the rest seems to be inherent and not something that can be taught.’
      • ‘Her energy, ambition and drive see her always looking towards the horizon to see what's coming next.’
      • ‘My sisters and brother were all fostered and had the settled upbringing I longed for - but they didn't get my drive and ambition.’
      • ‘You'd have to admire their drive and their ambition to win.’
      • ‘Their spirit and drive to be the best that they could be really surfaced in those sessions.’
      • ‘He believes the Maine Road star's drive and energy would be a massive asset in the Foxes' relegation dog-fight.’
      • ‘With such drive and enthusiasm, there's no telling how much this young athlete can achieve.’
      • ‘His character is all about passion and commitment and the drive to attain his goals and get that title!’
      • ‘With Niall's sheer drive and determination, he sailed through the course and completed the tasks with ease.’
      • ‘To do this must have taken considerable drive and determination, that's all I can say!’
      • ‘Given her drive, ambition and raw talent, this is a realistic goal, so Jennie is one to watch in the future.’
      • ‘I have drive and optimism and enthusiasm to keep going on.’
      motivation, ambition, push, single-mindedness, will power, dedication, doggedness, tenacity, enterprise, initiative, enthusiasm, zeal, commitment, aggression, aggressiveness, forcefulness, spirit
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  • 3An organized effort by a number of people to achieve a particular purpose, often to raise money.

    ‘we're planning a massive membership drive’
    • ‘The WCTU conducted a massive drive to get women of all classes to enrol and vote.’
    • ‘The campaign is part of a drive to make Bradford City centre a safer and more pleasant place to shop.’
    • ‘Education chiefs this week launched a fresh drive to recruit school governors across Wiltshire.’
    • ‘Though almost a quarter of children still leave school unable to read or write properly, the drive to improve literacy has pushed up standards.’
    • ‘Local people are being invited to design a logo for the West End Partnership, which is behind a drive to revamp the struggling neighbourhood.’
    • ‘More than half of the sports clubs contacted in a recent survey said they would welcome a national drive to recruit more helpers.’
    • ‘The authority recommended closing the school as part of a drive to improve education standards across the county.’
    • ‘The decision to hand over the cash directly to the trust is part of the Government's drive to give power back to those at the sharp end.’
    • ‘The government has launched a recruitment drive to get 20,000 more nurses into the NHS by 2004.’
    • ‘A special car crime awareness drive is taking place all this month, with advice for drivers on ways to protect their property.’
    • ‘Mrs Maddocks said last night that the money would help spearhead the drive to recruit more donors from ethnic backgrounds.’
    • ‘A massive recruitment drive to bring more than a thousand jobs to east Manchester is being launched next week.’
    • ‘It is currently in the process of renovating the plant and is conducting a membership drive to enable it to complete that renovation.’
    • ‘March also saw the launch of a major cash drive by the fundraising committee for Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.’
    • ‘Patients are to be encouraged to check if hospital staff have washed their hands in a major drive to tackle life-threatening superbugs.’
    • ‘ON-the-spot fines for those who dump rubbish are being considered by the Government as part of a drive to clean up shabby neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘The new post is seen as key to the authority's success in pressing forward its drive for service excellence.’
    • ‘Minister Brennan's decision to bring in penalty points for speeding offences was part of a road safety drive.’
    • ‘The controversial move is one aspect of a massive drive to get doctors to intervene with heavy drinkers before they become chronic alcoholics.’
    • ‘Wind turbines could be put up on school fields and spare land across Lancashire as part of a green energy drive.’
    campaign, crusade, movement, effort, push, surge, appeal
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    1. 3.1American Football A series of offensive plays that advance the ball for the purpose of a score.
      ‘an 80-yard scoring drive’
      • ‘Griese is going to be a good quarterback, perhaps as soon as this year, but he's not ready to lead the team on last-minute, game-winning drives on the road.’
      • ‘The Eagles finish the drive with a field goal, ending any comeback hopes for the Panthers.’
      • ‘Coach Tony Dungy doesn't like to take unnecessary chances in the red zone, so it will be imperative for Vanderjagt to finish off stalled drives with field goals.’
      • ‘The Texans opened the second half by holding the Colts to a field goal on their opening drive.’
      • ‘It's no coincidence the team drove for a field goal on the opening drive for the first time this season.’
  • 4The transmission of power to machinery or to the wheels of a motor vehicle.

    • ‘Once moving, power is balanced between front and rear, reducing drive to rear wheels when not needed, and so cutting fuel consumption.’
    • ‘That provides drive to both wheels in all situations without completely locking up the wheels - while having the possibility to steer with good maneuverability.’
    • ‘This totally new machine features three major improvements: power steering, hydrostatic drive to rear wheels, and an electric clutch for turning on all three cutting units at once.’
    • ‘The right rear shaft had snapped and I was only getting drive to one wheel.’
    • ‘The upright styling is designed to make the car look like a miniature off-roader, but it remains two wheel drive.’
    1. 4.1 (in a car with automatic transmission) the position of the gear selector in which the car will move forward, changing gears automatically as required.
      ‘he threw the car into drive’
      • ‘Lucas glanced over at his partner as he placed the squad car into drive.’
      • ‘Not knowing where exactly she was going she put her car in drive and took off.’
      • ‘I pressed a button on the side of the steering wheel with my left hand as I shifted the car into drive with my right.’
      • ‘But turn the key, click the semi-automatic gearshift into drive and as the revs rise, comfort drops down the scale.’
      • ‘I moved the car into drive and moved off toward the convenience store.’
      • ‘As soon as he saw the gate in front of him, he put the car into drive and started driving toward it.’
      • ‘When she was in the road, she put the shift into drive and drove forward.’
      • ‘When they were ready, JC took a quick look at the note again and put the car into drive.’
      • ‘I covered my face momentarily, rubbed at my tired eyes with my hand, and shifted the car back into drive.’
      • ‘Bryce didn't answer and put the car in drive, heading back to his apartment.’
      • ‘The cab driver didn't say anything he just nodded his head and put the car in drive.’
      • ‘Without so much as flinching, Bri had the car in drive and was screeching out of the parking lot with the pedal to the metal.’
      • ‘Before the key goes into the ignition, before the gear goes into drive, make sure you weigh all the risks.’
      • ‘The driver explained that he intended to back out of his parking space, but the car was actually in drive.’
      • ‘So why was it that I couldn't get my fingers to turn the ignition and put the car in drive?’
      • ‘As she opened the door he put the car back into drive and pulled away from the building.’
      • ‘I backed out of the parking space before knocking the gears into drive and pulling out of the Manor.’
      • ‘We got in the car and he put the gears in drive, and soon we were rounding the block.’
      • ‘Throwing the gear into drive, she punched the pedal and peeled out, leaving a cloud of smoke.’
      • ‘He remained silent after that, and put the car in drive, while I stared out the window.’
    2. 4.2Computing
      short for disk drive
      • ‘Despite these flaws, rewritable DVD drives are taking off.’
      • ‘Memory drives can store much more information than a floppy disk and are also considerably faster.’
      • ‘You have to look at factors like how long the disk remains in a drive, which may be more critical in some apps than in others.’
      • ‘Much like flash memory, the drives are removable and can be easily replaced.’
      • ‘Do not leave portable media such as CDs or floppy disks in drives.’
  • 5(in ball games) a forceful stroke made with a free swing of the bat, racket, or foot against the ball.

    • ‘That gave Rovers renewed impetus and Baggio nearly scored a brilliant goal with a thunderous drive that bounced back off the crossbar.’
    • ‘If one had to pick the most significant player in India's success, it had to be Laxman, who made batting appear so ridiculously easy with his sensational drives on the front foot.’
    • ‘The left-hander went for a drive but only succeeded in edging the ball to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.’
    • ‘Cook's forceful mis-hit drive looked bound for the winning boundary, but Chris Turner took a superb, tumbling catch.’
    • ‘Matthew Bland was commanding in midfield and threatened the Hemsworth goal with a fierce drive which was just tipped over.’
    • ‘In the opening 15 minutes he had a shot cleared off the line and a left-foot drive brilliantly saved.’
    • ‘First he let fly from 25 metres out, his ambitious drive banging off the outside of the upright.’
    • ‘Gayle, usually the flamboyant strokemaker, played a subdued innings with only rare sightings of his trademark drives and cuts.’
    • ‘As a batsman, his free-flowing drives were also unforgettably graceful.’
    • ‘His favourite shots were drives straight down the wicket and through the covers, but he also produced the occasional cut to pile on the agony for the West Indies attack.’
    • ‘As the shadows fall across the stadium court, Nalbandian holds his nerve, a backhand drive with both feet off the ground giving him two set points.’
    • ‘Arklow got another try soon after when a drive from a five-metre line proved unstoppable.’
    • ‘His ambitious drive at the next ball found Graham Thorpe in the slips.’
    • ‘In the final few minutes, Ireland, sensing that they were in danger of losing the game, stepped up their effort, to produce a number of drives at the Scotland line.’
    • ‘Another 30-yard run from the dangerous Jamaican ended with a fierce drive that flew across goal and out for a throw in.’
    • ‘Gordon Kearney was narrowly wide with a penalty and then Jon Slattery was held up on the last of many drives for the line before the half time whistle.’
    • ‘The third try arrived when, after a number of drives, the ball was spun out through several pairs of hands for hooker Steve Piercy to cross.’
    • ‘Their next drive at goal was successful and saw Neil Chambers score a point for the visitors.’
    • ‘Inzamam's experience and class came through as he defended watchfully, ran sparingly, and made the loose balls count with crunching drives off the back foot.’
    • ‘A mazy run took him into range of Morgan's goal but his right-foot drive flew inches wide.’
    1. 5.1Golf A shot from the tee.
      • ‘Woods began shakily, slicing his opening drive into the trees before scrambling for a par via the greenside bunker.’
      • ‘Should you hit a bad shot on that first drive down the fairway, tee up another ball and try again.’
      • ‘After hitting a great drive, he put his second shot on the front of the green while his opponent was in trouble.’
      • ‘I had just taken some lessons from my club pro, and I was hitting my drives in the fairway and the putts were dropping.’
      • ‘The world number eight dropped a stroke at the par-four ninth when his drive ended beside a tree down the left side of the fairway.’
  • 6An act of driving a group of animals to a particular destination.

    • ‘He left home in 1867 hoping to join a cattle drive going north.’
    • ‘Organized cattle drives take place at many ranches.’


  • drive something home

  • what someone is driving at

    • The point that someone is attempting to make.

      ‘I don't understand what you're driving at’
      • ‘He gave his brother an odd look. ‘What are you driving at?’’
      • ‘Perhaps what Ferguson is driving at is the need to keep winning and winning.’
      • ‘You can see what Mahoney is driving at: that materialism is no substitute for morality.’
      • ‘Ultimately, what Crichton is driving at is a relatively simple point: that man's vision, either past or forward, is remarkably short-sighted.’
      • ‘It was cryptic, but currency markets traders knew exactly what the G7, or more precisely, Mr Snow, was driving at.’
      suggest, imply, hint at, allude to, intimate, insinuate, indicate, have in mind
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Old English drīfan ‘urge (a person or animal) to go forward’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch drijven and German treiben.