Synonyms of drive
1 go (by car) • I drove into town and went for dinner.
go (by car)
ride (by car)
travel by car
2 operateDictionary • Don't expect to be able to drive a car or operate machinery.
operate • Until his death he owned and operated a huge company.
manage • managing a car well in bad conditions
direct • He will direct day-to-day operations.
guide • He guided his plane down the runway and took off.
handle • One report said the aircraft would become difficult to handle.
pilot • Local fishermen piloted the boats.
steer • What is it like to steer a ship of this size?
navigate • He was responsible for safely navigating the ship.
3 runDictionary • She drove him to the train station.
run • Can you run me to work?
take • I'll take these papers home and read them.
transport • There's no petrol so it's difficult to transport goods.
bring • My father brought home a book for me.
ferry • They ferried in more soldiers to help with the search.
convey • They borrowed our boats to convey themselves across the river.
give a lift to
4 pushDictionary • pistons that drive the wheels
push • Her parents kept her in school and pushed her to study.
move • The hearings moved him to come up with these suggestions.
propel • The rocket is designed to propel the spacecraft.
5 thrustDictionary • I used the sledgehammer to drive the pegs in.
thrust • They thrust him into the back of a jeep.
push • They pushed him into the car.
sink • the site where Stephenson sank his first mineshaft
send • The constant noise sent him mad.
dig • She dug her nails into his flesh.
plunge • A soldier plunged a bayonet into his body.
stab • Somebody stabbed him in the stomach.
ram • He rammed the key into the lock and kicked the front door open.
6 lashDictionary • Rain drove hard against the window.
lash • The rain was absolutely lashing down.
pound • A group of tribal drummers pounded out an unrelenting beat.
beat • They were beaten to death with baseball bats.
hammer • Hammer a wooden peg into the hole.
drum • Rain drummed on the roof of the car.
7 herdDictionary • The shepherds drove the sheep up to pasture.
herd • The group was herded onto a bus.
shepherd • She was shepherded by her guards up the rear ramp of the aircraft.
8 forceDictionary • Depression drove him to attempt suicide.
force • They forced him to work for them at gun point.
press • The trade unions are pressing him to stand firm.
prompt • The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
spur • His friend's plight had spurred him into taking part.
compel • the introduction of legislation to compel cyclists to wear a helmet
motivate • His hard work was motivated by a need to achieve.
oblige • This decree obliges unions to delay strikes.
prod • a tactic to prod the government into spending more on the Health Service
constrain • Individuals will be constrained to make many sacrifices for the greater good.
coerce • He argued that the government had coerced him into resigning.
goad • He goaded me into taking direct action.
impel • I felt impelled to go on speaking.
dragoon • He had been dragooned into the excursion.
actuate • They were actuated by desire.
1 runDictionary • We might go for a drive on Sunday.
run • Take them for a run in the car.
ride • Would you like to go for a ride?
trip • On the Thursday we went out on a day trip.
journey • a journey from Manchester to Plymouth
spin (informal) • Think twice about going for a spin by the light of the silvery moon.
outing • families on a Sunday afternoon outing
excursion • We also recommend a full day excursion to the Upper Douro.
jaunt • I decided to take a jaunt down to Long Beach.
2 drivewayDictionary • I walked back up the drive towards the car.
avenue • It is set in landscaped grounds at the end of a tree-lined avenue.
approach • The path serves as an approach to the boat house.
3 initiativeDictionary • He is best remembered for his drive and enthusiasm.
initiative • He was disappointed by her lack of initiative.
push (informal) • He lacked the push to succeed in his chosen vocation.
energy • At 65 years old, her energy and looks are wonderful.
enterprise • His trouble is that he lacks enterprise.
ambition • a mixture of ambition and ruthlessness
pep • They need something to put the pep back in their lives.
motivation • The team may be lacking motivation for next week's game.
zip (informal) • He gave the choreography his usual class and zip.
vigour • He lacks the vigour of a normal, healthy teenager.
get-up-and-go (informal) • She's got more get-up-and-go than anyone I know.
4 desireDictionary • compelling, dynamic sex drives
desire • I had a strong desire to help and care for people.
need • The need for revenge kept eating at me.
urge • He had an urge to open a shop of his own.
instinct • I didn't have a strong maternal instinct.
appetite • our growing appetite for scandal
5 campaignDictionary • the drive towards democracy
campaign • A new campaign has begun to encourage more people to become blood donors.
push (informal) • All that was needed was one final push, and the enemy would be vanquished once and for all.
crusade • a crusade against racism on the football terraces
action • Her description of the action of poisons is very accurate.
6 storage deviceDictionary (computing)
PHRASAL VERB:▷ drive at something
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actionThe action of a chemical is the way in which it works, or the effects that it has.
• Her description of the action of poisons is very accurate.
actuateIf a person is actuated by an emotion, that emotion makes them act in a certain way. If something actuates a device, the device starts working.
• They were actuated by desire.
ambitionAmbition is the desire to be successful, rich, or powerful.
• a mixture of ambition and ruthlessness
Thesaurus for drive from the Collins English Thesaurus
to push, propel, or be pushed or propelled