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

  • transitive v. To push, propel, or press onward forcibly; urge forward: drove the horses into the corral.
  • transitive v. To repulse or put to flight by force or influence: drove the attackers away; drove out any thought of failure.
  • transitive v. To guide, control, or direct (a vehicle).
  • transitive v. To convey or transport in a vehicle: drove the children to school.
  • transitive v. To traverse in a vehicle: drive the freeways to work.
  • transitive v. To supply the motive force or power to and cause to function: Steam drives the engine.
  • transitive v. To cause or sustain, as if by supplying force or power: "The current merger mania is apparently driven by an urge . . . to reduce risk or to exploit opportunities in a very rapidly changing business environment” ( Peter Passell).
  • transitive v. To compel or force to work, often excessively: "Every serious dancer is driven by notions of perfection—perfect expressiveness, perfect technique” ( Susan Sontag).
  • transitive v. To force into or from a particular act or state: Indecision drives me crazy.
  • transitive v. To force to go through or penetrate: drove the stake into the ground.
  • transitive v. To create or produce by penetrating forcibly: The nail drove a hole in the tire.
  • transitive v. To carry through vigorously to a conclusion: drove home his point; drive a hard bargain.
  • transitive v. Sports To throw, strike, or cast (a ball, for example) hard or rapidly.
  • transitive v. Basketball To move with the ball directly through: drove the lane and scored.
  • transitive v. Baseball To cause (a run or runner) to be scored by batting. Often used with in.
  • transitive v. To chase (game) into the open or into traps or nets.
  • transitive v. To search (an area) for game in such a manner.
  • intransitive v. To move along or advance quickly as if pushed by an impelling force.
  • intransitive v. To rush, dash, or advance violently against an obstruction: The wind drove into my face.
  • intransitive v. To operate a vehicle, such as a car.
  • intransitive v. To go or be transported in a vehicle: drove to the supermarket.
  • intransitive v. Sports To hit, throw, or impel a ball or other missile forcibly.
  • intransitive v. Basketball To move directly to the basket with the ball.
  • intransitive v. To make an effort to reach or achieve an objective; aim.
  • n. The act of driving.
  • n. A trip or journey in a vehicle.
  • n. A road for automobiles and other vehicles.
  • n. The means or apparatus for transmitting motion or power to a machine or from one machine part to another.
  • n. The position or operating condition of such a mechanism: "He put his car into drive and started home” ( Charles Baxter).
  • n. The means by which automotive power is applied to a roadway: four-wheel drive.
  • n. The means or apparatus for controlling and directing an automobile: right-hand drive.
  • n. Computer Science A device that reads data from and often writes data onto a storage medium, such as a floppy disk.
  • n. A strong organized effort to accomplish a purpose. See Synonyms at campaign.
  • n. Energy, push, or aggressiveness.
  • n. Psychology A strong motivating tendency or instinct related to self-preservation, reproduction, or aggression that prompts activity toward a particular end.
  • n. A massive, sustained military offensive.
  • n. Sports The act of hitting, knocking, or thrusting a ball very swiftly.
  • n. Sports The stroke or thrust by which a ball is driven.
  • n. Basketball The act of moving with the ball directly to the basket.
  • n. A rounding up and driving of cattle to new pastures or to market.
  • n. A gathering and driving of logs down a river.
  • n. The cattle or logs thus driven.
  • drive at To mean to do or say: I don't understand what you're driving at.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To herd (animals) in a particular direction.
  • v. To direct a vehicle powered by a horse, ox or similar animal.
  • v. To cause animals to flee out of.
  • v. To move (something) by hitting it with great force.
  • v. To cause (a mechanism) to operate.
  • v. To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle).
  • v. To motivate; to provide an incentive for.
  • v. To compel (to do something).
  • v. To cause to become.
  • v. To hit the ball with a drive.
  • v. To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle.
  • v. To convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle.
  • v. To move forcefully
  • n. Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition.
  • n. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; especially, a forced or hurried dispatch of business.
  • n. An act of driving animals forward, to be captured, hunted etc.
  • n. A sustained advance in the face of the enemy to take a strategic objective.
  • n. A motor that does not take fuel, but instead depends on a mechanism that stores potential energy for subsequent use.
  • n. A trip made in a motor vehicle.
  • n. A driveway.
  • n. A type of public roadway.
  • n. A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
  • n. Desire or interest.
  • n. An apparatus for reading and writing data to or from a mass storage device such as a disk, as a floppy drive.
  • n. A mass storage device in which the mechanism for reading and writing data is integrated with the mechanism for storing data, as a hard drive, a flash drive.
  • n. A stroke made with a driver.
  • n. A ball struck in a flat trajectory.
  • n. A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, and hitting it along the ground, normally between cover and midwicket.
  • n. A straight level shot or pass.
  • n. A charity event such as a fundraiser, bake sale, or toy drive
  • n. An impression or matrix formed by a punch drift.
  • n. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In various games, as tennis, cricket, etc., the act of player who drives the ball; the stroke or blow; the flight of the ball, etc., so driven.
  • n. A stroke from the tee, generally a full shot made with a driver; also, the distance covered by such a stroke.
  • n. The act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; -- distinguished from a ride taken on horseback.
  • n. A place suitable or agreeable for driving; a road prepared for driving.
  • n. Violent or rapid motion; a rushing onward or away; esp., a forced or hurried dispatch of business.
  • n. In type founding and forging, an impression or matrix, formed by a punch drift.
  • n. A collection of objects that are driven; a mass of logs to be floated down a river.
  • n. a private road; a driveway.
  • n. a strong psychological motivation to perform some activity.
  • n. a device for reading or writing data from or to a data storage medium, as a disk drive, a tape drive, a CD drive, etc.
  • n. an organized effort by a group to accomplish a goal within a limited period of time.
  • n. a physiological function of an organism motivating it to perform specific behaviors.
  • n. the period during which one team sustains movement of the ball toward the opponent's goal without losing possession of the ball.
  • n. an act of driving a vehicle, especially an automobile; the journey undertaken by driving an automobile
  • n. the mechanism which causes the moving parts of a machine to move.
  • n. the way in which the propulsive force of a vehicle is transmitted to the road
  • intransitive v. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously.
  • intransitive v. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven.
  • intransitive v. To go by carriage; to pass in a carriage; to proceed by directing or urging on a vehicle or the animals that draw it.
  • intransitive v. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; -- usually with at.
  • intransitive v. To distrain for rent.
  • intransitive v. To make a drive, or stroke from the tee.
  • intransitive v. to go from one place to another in a vehicle, serving as the operator of the vehicle; to drive{9} a vehicle from one location to another.
  • Driven.
  • transitive v. To impel or urge onward by force in a direction away from one, or along before one; to push forward; to compel to move on; to communicate motion to
  • transitive v. To urge on and direct the motions of, as the beasts which draw a vehicle, or the vehicle borne by them; hence, also, to take in a carriage; to convey in a vehicle drawn by beasts
  • transitive v. To urge, impel, or hurry forward; to force; to constrain; to urge, press, or bring to a point or state.
  • transitive v. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute.
  • transitive v. To clear, by forcing away what is contained.
  • transitive v. To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel.
  • transitive v. To pass away; -- said of time.
  • transitive v. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.
  • transitive v. to operate (a vehicle) while it is on motion, by manipulating the controls, such as the steering, propulsion, and braking mechanisms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To compel or urge to move; impel or constrain to go in some direction or manner.
  • Specifically— To impel to motion and quicken: applied to draft-animals, as a horse or an ox; also, by extension, to the vehicle drawn, and in recent figurative use to a locomotive or other engine.
  • To chase (game); hunt; especially, to chase (game) into a snare or corral, or toward a hunter.
  • To cause to move by the direct application of a physical force: as, clouds or a ship driven by the wind; to drive a nail with a hammer.
  • In base-ball, also in lawn-tennis, etc., to knock or throw (the ball) very swiftly.
  • To cause to pass; pass away:said of time.
  • To compel or incite to action of any kind;lead or impel to a certain course or result:used in a variety of figurative senses: as, the smoke drove the firemen from the building;despair drove him to suicide; oppression drove them into open rebellion.
  • To urge; press; carry forward or effect by urgency or the presentation of motives: as, to drive home an argument; to drive business; to drive a bargain.
  • To force, in general; push vigorously, in a figurative sense.
  • To convey in a carriage or other vehicle:as, to drive a friend in tho park.
  • To overrun and devastate; harry.
  • In mining, to excavate in a nearly horizontal direction. See drift and level.
  • To endure.
  • Synonyms and See thrust.
  • To go along before an impelling force; be impelled; be moved by any physical force or agent: as, the ship drove before the wind.
  • To act or move with force, violence, or impetuosity: as, the storm drove against the house; he drove at the work night and day.
  • To ride on horseback.
  • To be conveyed in a carriage; travel in a vehicle drawn by one or more horses or other animals.
  • To aim or tend; make an effort to reach or obtain: with at: as, the end he was driving at.
  • To aim a blow; strike with force: with at.
  • To work with energy; labor actively: often with away.
  • To take the property of another; distrain for rent; drive cattle into a pound as security for rent.
  • n. The act or result of driving; something done by means of driving.
  • n. A strong or sweeping blow or impulsion
  • n. In type-founding, the deep impress of the steel punch or model-letter in a bar of copper. Also known as a strike or unjustified matrix. It is usually made by a quick and strong blow in cold-rolled copper. The drive, when fitted to the mold, is called a justified matrix.
  • n. In base-ball, also in lawn-tennis, etc., the knocking or throwing of a ball very swiftly.
  • n. Conveyance in a vehicle; an excursion or airing in a carriage: as, to take a drive.
  • n. That which is driven; cattle, game, etc., driven together or alone.
  • n. The state of being driven or hurried; extreme haste or pressure: as, a drive of business.
  • n. A course upon which carriages are driven; a road prepared for driving: as, the drives in a park.
  • n. The course or country over which game is driven.
  • n. The selling of a particular kind of goods, as gloves, below the usual price, in order to draw customers.
  • n. A jest or satirical remark directed at a person or thing.
  • n.
  • n. A driving mechanism, as of a motor-cycle or motor-carriage: used with some qualifying term, as a flexible drive, a gear-drive, etc.
  • n. In lumbering: A body of logs or timbers in process of being floated from the forest to the mill or shipping-point.
  • n. That part of logging which consists in floating logs or timbers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have certain properties when driven
  • n. a wide scenic road planted with trees
  • v. move by being propelled by a force
  • n. (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)
  • n. the act of driving a herd of animals overland
  • v. hunting: search for game
  • v. proceed along in a vehicle
  • n. a mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine
  • n. hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
  • n. a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
  • v. cause someone or something to move by driving
  • n. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  • v. hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally
  • v. work as a driver
  • v. to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly
  • v. strike with a driver, as in teeing off
  • n. a road leading up to a private house
  • v. move into a desired direction of discourse
  • v. operate or control a vehicle
  • v. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
  • v. cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
  • n. (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
  • n. the act of applying force to propel something
  • v. cause to move back by force or influence
  • v. urge forward
  • v. compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment
  • v. strive and make an effort to reach a goal
  • v. push, propel, or press with force
  • v. cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
  • v. travel or be transported in a vehicle
  • v. hunting: chase from cover into more open ground
  • n. the trait of being highly motivated
  • n. a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
  • v. excavate horizontally


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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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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