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verb drive pronunciation in American English /draɪv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledriving
past tensedrove
past participledriven
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  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.
    4. d.
      [transitive] to drive a particular type of vehicle regularly
      She drives a bus for a living.
  2. 2
    [transitive] [often passive] to provide the power that makes something move
    The pump is driven by an electric motor.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to push something using a lot of force, so that it enters or hits something else
    He drove the nail into the wall.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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