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verb drive pronunciation in American English /draɪv/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydrive
he/she/itdrives
present participledriving
past tensedrove
past participledriven
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to control a vehicle so that it moves somewhere

    Please drive carefully.

    Usually, my sister drives and I read the map.

    drive along/down/through etc.:

    He drove along for several miles before he saw anyone.

    drive something along/into etc.:

    He drove his truck into a wall.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to know how to drive a vehicle

      Can't you drive?

      I've been driving for 15 years and I've never had an accident.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] to get somewhere by driving a car

      We usually drive to Florida, but this year we're flying.

    3. c.
      [transitive] to take someone somewhere in a vehicle that you are driving

      Dad will drive us.

      drive someone to/from something:

      Lee drove me to the airport.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [often passive] to provide the power that makes something move

    The pump is driven by an electric motor.

  3. 4
    [transitive] to force someone to leave a place, usually the place where they live
    drive someone from/out of/off/away from something:

    The rising flood waters had driven her out of the village.

    drive someone from/out of something:

    Thousands of people have been driven from their homes by the fighting.

  4. 5
    [transitive] to force someone into a bad situation or state
    drive someone to do something:

    Desperation finally drove her to ask for help.

    drive someone to something:

    People are being driven to violence by police action.

    drive someone out of business:

    Supermarkets are driving small stores out of business.

    1. a.
      [transitive] informal to annoy someone by doing something
      drive someone crazy/mad/up the wall:

      Will you stop that humming, you're driving me crazy!

      drive someone to desperation/despair:

      Driven to desperation, he began to steal from his employer.

      drive someone to drink (=make someone feel very upset or annoyed):

      It's enough to drive you to drink.

  5. 6
    [transitive] to make someone determined to do something

    We want to find out what drives a successful businesswoman like Sylvia.

    Douglas was driven by a need to learn the truth.

  6. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit or kick a ball hard in a particular direction

    She drove the ball into the top corner of the goal, tying the score.

  7. 9
    [transitive] to make someone work or try very hard

    The coach really drives his team, but he gets good results.

    drive yourself:

    We think you've been driving yourself too hard.

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