[draɪv] (past tense drove [drəʊv] ; past participle driven [ˈdrɪv(ə)n] ) verb I
1) [I/T] to control a vehicle so that it moves somewhere, or to go somewhere by doing this
Usually, my sister drives and I read the map.[/ex]
You will drive carefully, won't you?[/ex]
He drove along for several miles before he saw anyone.[/ex]
We're driving to Italy this year.[/ex]
2) [T] to take someone somewhere in a vehicle that you drive
Lee drove me to the airport.[/ex]
3) [T] to force someone or something into a bad situation or state
Supermarkets are driving small shops out of business.[/ex]
Would you be quiet – you're driving me mad![/ex]
4) [T] to force someone to leave the place where they live
Thousands of people have been driven from their homes by the fighting.[/ex]
5) [T] to provide the power that makes something move
The pump is driven by an electric motor.[/ex]
6) [T] to make someone work or try very hard
The coach really drives his team.[/ex]
7) [T] to make someone determined to do something
What drives her to succeed?[/ex]
8) [T] to push, hit or kick something using a lot of force
He drove the nail into the wall.[/ex]
drive a hard bargain — to be very firm when you are making an agreement or a deal[/ex]
what sb is driving at — what someone is really trying to say[/ex]
- drive sb away
- drive off
Drive means to move and control a vehicle such as a car or truck: Do you walk or drive to work? ♦ He drives a bus. ■ Ride means to move and control a bicycle or horse. You can also ride in a vehicle that is controlled by someone else: She rides her bike to school. ♦ We rode all over town on the bus. II
drive */*/[draɪv]
1) [C] a journey in a car
The hotel is only 10 minutes' drive from the airport.[/ex]
We went for a drive in Jack's new car.[/ex]
2) [C] British
a wide path for a car that joins someone's house to a street
There was a strange car parked in the drive.[/ex]
3) Drive used in the names of streets
25 Oakwood Drive[/ex]
4) [C] computing
a part of a computer that reads and stores information
a floppy/hard/CD-ROM drive[/ex]
5) [U] the energy and determination that makes you try hard to achieve something
I admire her drive and ambition.[/ex]
6) [C] a feeling that makes you act in a particular way
the human sex drive[/ex]
7) [C] a big effort to achieve something, especially by a company or government
The company is launching a major recruitment drive.[/ex]
8) [C] a hard hit or kick of a ball
9) [U] the power from an engine that turns the wheels of a vehicle
front-wheel drive[/ex]

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