Meaning of DRIVE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ draɪv ]

( drives, driving, drove, driven)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


When you drive somewhere, you operate a car or other vehicle and control its movement and direction.

I drove into town and went to a restaurant for dinner...

She never learned to drive...

Mrs Glick drove her own car and the girls went in Nancy’s convertible.

VERB : V prep / adv , V , V n

• driv‧ing

...a qualified driving instructor...



If you drive someone somewhere, you take them there in a car or other vehicle.

His daughter Carly drove him to the train station.

VERB : V n prep / adv


A drive is a journey in a car or other vehicle.

I thought we might go for a drive on Sunday.



A drive is a wide piece of hard ground, or sometimes a private road, that leads from the road to a person’s house.

= driveway



If something drives a machine, it supplies the power that makes it work.

The current flows into electric motors that drive the wheels.

VERB : V n


You use drive to refer to the mechanical part of a computer which reads the data on disks and tapes, or writes data onto them. such as terminals, tape drives or printers.

N-COUNT : usu supp N

see also disk drive


If you drive something such as a nail into something else, you push it in or hammer it in using a lot of effort.

I used a sledgehammer to drive the pegs into the ground...

I held it still and drove in a nail.

VERB : V n prep , V n with adv


In games such as cricket, golf, or football, if a player drives a ball somewhere, they kick or hit it there with a lot of force.

Armstrong drove the ball into the roof of the net.

VERB : V n prep / adv , also V n


If the wind, rain, or snow drives in a particular direction, it moves with great force in that direction.

Rain drove against the window.

VERB : V prep / adv

• driv‧ing

He crashed into a tree in driving rain.



If you drive people or animals somewhere, you make them go to or from that place.

The last offensive drove thousands of people into Thailand...

The smoke also drove mosquitoes away.

VERB : V n prep , V n with adv


To drive someone into a particular state or situation means to force them into that state or situation.

The recession and hospital bills drove them into bankruptcy...

He nearly drove Elsie mad with his fussing.

VERB : V n into/to n , V n adj


The desire or feeling that drives a person to do something, especially something extreme, is the desire or feeling that causes them to do it.

More than once, depression drove him to attempt suicide...

Jealousy drives people to murder...

...people who are driven by guilt, resentment and anxiety.

...a man driven by a pathological need to win.

VERB : V n to-inf , V n to n , be V-ed , V-ed


If you say that someone has drive , you mean they have energy and determination.

John will be best remembered for his drive and enthusiasm.



A drive is a very strong need or desire in human beings that makes them act in particular ways.

...compelling, dynamic sex drives.



A drive is a special effort made by a group of people for a particular purpose.

The ANC is about to launch a nationwide recruitment drive...

= campaign

N-SING : with supp


Drive is used in the names of some streets.

...23 Queen’s Drive, Malvern, Worcestershire.



see also driving


If you ask someone what they are driving at , you are asking what they are trying to say or what they are saying indirectly.

It was clear Cohen didn’t understand what Millard was driving at.

PHRASE : V inflects


to drive a hard bargain: see bargain

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