from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To push, propel, or press onward forcibly; urge forward.
  • intransitive verb To repulse or put to flight by force or influence.
  • intransitive verb To guide, control, or direct (a vehicle).
  • intransitive verb To convey or transport in a vehicle.
  • intransitive verb To traverse in a vehicle.
  • intransitive verb To supply the motive force or power to and cause to function.
  • intransitive verb To cause or sustain, as if by supplying force or power.
  • intransitive verb To compel or force to work, often excessively.
  • intransitive verb To force into or from a particular act or state.
  • intransitive verb To force to go through or penetrate.
  • intransitive verb To create or produce by penetrating forcibly.
  • intransitive verb To carry through vigorously to a conclusion.
  • intransitive verb Sports To throw, strike, or cast (a ball, for example) hard or rapidly.
  • intransitive verb Basketball To move with the ball directly through.
  • intransitive verb Baseball To cause (a run or runner) to be scored by batting. Often used with in.
  • intransitive verb Football To advance the ball over (certain yardage) in plays from scrimmage.
  • intransitive verb To chase (game) into the open or into traps or nets.
  • intransitive verb To search (an area) for game in such a manner.
  • intransitive verb To move along or advance quickly.
  • intransitive verb To rush, dash, or advance violently against an obstruction.
  • intransitive verb To operate a vehicle, such as a car.
  • intransitive verb To go or be transported in a vehicle.
  • intransitive verb Sports To hit, throw, or impel a ball or other missile forcibly.
  • intransitive verb Basketball To move directly to the basket with the ball.
  • intransitive verb Football To advance the ball in plays from scrimmage.
  • intransitive verb To make an effort to reach or achieve an objective; aim.
  • noun The act of driving.
  • noun A trip or journey in a vehicle.
  • noun A road for automobiles and other vehicles.
  • noun The means or apparatus for transmitting motion or power to a machine or from one machine part to another.
  • noun The position or operating condition of such a mechanism.
  • noun The means by which automotive power is applied to a roadway.
  • noun The means or apparatus for controlling and directing an automobile.
  • noun Computers A device that reads data from and often writes data onto a storage medium, such as an optical disc or flash memory.
  • noun A strong organized effort to accomplish a purpose.
  • noun Energy, push, or aggressiveness.
  • noun Psychology A strong motivating tendency or instinct related to self-preservation, reproduction, or aggression that prompts activity toward a particular end.
  • noun A massive, sustained military offensive.
  • noun Sports The act of hitting, knocking, or thrusting a ball very swiftly.
  • noun Sports The stroke or thrust by which a ball is driven.
  • noun Sports The ball or puck as it is propelled.
  • noun Basketball The act of moving with the ball directly to the basket.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English driven, from Old English drīfan; see dhreibh- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English driven, from Old English drīfan ("to drive, force, move, chase, hunt, follow up, pursue; impel by physical force, rush against, thrust, carry off vigorously, transact, prosecute, conduct, practice, carry on, exercise, do; speak often of a matter, bring up, agitate, trot out; urge a cause; suffer, undergo; proceed with violence, rush with violence, act impetuously"), from Proto-Germanic *drībanan (“to drive”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreibʰ- (“to drive, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“cloudy, dirty, muddy”). Cognate with Scots drive ("to drive"), North Frisian driwe ("to drive"), West Frisian driuwe ("to chase, drive, impel"), Dutch drijven ("to drive"), Low German drieven ("to drive, drift, push"), German treiben ("to drive, push, propel"), Danish drive ("to drive, run, force"), Swedish driva ("to drive, power, drift, push, force"), Icelandic drífa ("to drive, hurry, rush").


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