(past tense drove [drəʊv] ; past participle driven [ˈdrɪv(ə)n] ) verb
1) [I/T] to control a vehicle so that it moves somewhere, or to go somewhere by doing thisUsually, 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 driveLee drove me to the airport.[/ex]3) [T] to force someone or something into a bad situation or stateSupermarkets 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 liveThousands of people have been driven from their homes by the fighting.[/ex]5) [T] to provide the power that makes something moveThe pump is driven by an electric motor.[/ex]6) [T] to make someone work or try very hardThe coach really drives his team.[/ex]7) [T] to make someone determined to do somethingWhat drives her to succeed?[/ex]8) [T] to push, hit or kick something using a lot of forceHe 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. IInoundrive */*/[draɪv]1) [C] a journey in a carThe hotel is only 10 minutes' drive from the airport.[/ex]We went for a drive in Jack's new car.[/ex]2) [C] Britisha wide path for a car that joins someone's house to a streetThere was a strange car parked in the drive.[/ex]3) Drive used in the names of streets25 Oakwood Drive[/ex]4) [C] computinga part of a computer that reads and stores informationa floppy/hard/CD-ROM drive[/ex]5) [U] the energy and determination that makes you try hard to achieve somethingI admire her drive and ambition.[/ex]6) [C] a feeling that makes you act in a particular waythe human sex drive[/ex]7) [C] a big effort to achieve something, especially by a company or governmentThe company is launching a major recruitment drive.[/ex]8) [C] a hard hit or kick of a ball9) [U] the power from an engine that turns the wheels of a vehiclefront-wheel drive[/ex]
Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.