Word forms: drives
1. verb When you drive somewhere, you operate a car or other vehicle and control its movement and direction. [V prep/adv] ⇒ I drove into town and went to a restaurant for dinner. [V prep/adv] ⇒ He put the bags in the car and drove off. [V] ⇒ She never learned to drive. [V n] ⇒ Mrs Glick drove her own car and the girls went in Nancy's convertible. [Also V n prep/adv] driving
uncountable noun ⇒ ...a qualified driving instructor. ⇒ It was an outrageous piece of dangerous driving. 2. verb
If you drive someone somewhere, you take them there in a car or other vehicle. [V n prep/adv] ⇒ His daughter Carly drove him to the train station. [Also V n]
3. countable noun
A drive is a journey in a car or other vehicle. ⇒ I thought we might go for a drive on Sunday.
4. countable noun A drive is a wide piece of hard ground, or sometimes a private road, that leads from the road to a person's house. 5. verb If something drives a machine, it supplies the power that makes it work. [V n] ⇒ The current flows into electric motors that drive the wheels. 6. uncountable noun [usu n N] Drive is the power supplied by the engine to particular wheels in a car or other vehicle to make the vehicle move. ⇒ He put the jeep in four-wheel drive and splashed up the slope. 7. countable noun 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. ⇒ ...equipment such as terminals, tape drives or printers. 9. verb If you drive something such as a nail into something else, you push it in or hammer it in using a lot of effort. [V n prep] ⇒ I used a sledgehammer to drive the pegs into the ground. [V n with adv] ⇒ I held it still and drove in a nail. 10. verb 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. [V n prep/adv] ⇒ Armstrong drove the ball into the roof of the net. [Also V n] 11. countable noun
In golf, a drive is the first stroke a player makes from the tee. ⇒ Woosnam sliced his drive into the bushes.
12. verb If the wind, rain, or snow drives in a particular direction, it moves with great force in that direction. [V prep/adv] ⇒ Rain drove against the window. driving
adjective [ADJ n] ⇒ He crashed into a tree in driving rain. ⇒ ...rescuers battling through driving snow. 13. verb If you drive people or animals somewhere, you make them go to or from that place. [V n prep] ⇒ The last offensive drove thousands of people into Thailand. [V n prep] ⇒ Every summer the shepherds drive the sheep up to pasture. [V n with adv] ⇒ The smoke also drove mosquitoes away. 14. verb To drive someone into a particular state or situation means to force them into that state or situation. [V n + into/to] ⇒ The recession and hospital bills drove them into bankruptcy. [V n adj] ⇒ He nearly drove Elsie mad with his fussing. 15. verb 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. [V n to-inf] ⇒ More than once, depression drove him to attempt suicide. [V n + to] ⇒ Jealousy drives people to murder. [be V-ed] ⇒ ...people who are driven by guilt, resentment and anxiety. [V-ed] ⇒ ...a man driven by a pathological need to win. [Also V n] 16. uncountable noun If you say that someone has drive, you mean they have energy and determination. ⇒ John will be best remembered for his drive and enthusiasm. 17. countable noun A drive is a very strong need or desire in human beings that makes them act in particular ways. ⇒ ...compelling, dynamic sex drives. 18. singular noun 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. ⇒ The Church in Haiti has played an important role in the drive towards democracy. 19. countable noun
Drive is used in the names of some streets. ⇒ ...23 Queen's Drive, Malvern, Worcestershire.
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